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NIA cannot probe marines case: Italian govt to SC

NIA cannot probe marines case: Italian govt to SC

New Delhi: The Italian government Tuesday objected in the Supreme Court to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) handling the case of its two marines.

The case, earlier handled by the Kerala police, was handed over to NIA earlier this month. Italy is reportedly bothered of it as the agency is empowered to deal with maritime piracy and terrorism, and serious charges can lead to a call for the death penalty for the marines.

The Centre has said that the two marines, Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre, who have been charged with murder, will be tried by a special court in Delhi with daily hearings.

They marines flew back to India in a dramatic turnaround on March 22, resolving a diplomatic crisis. India has agreed that if convicted, the marines can serve their sentence at home. India has also given Italy an assurance that the marines will not face the death penalty and that they would be housed at the Italian embassy in Delhi during their trial.

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