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NIA to continue probe against two Italian marines

NIA to continue probe against two Italian marines

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said that the NIA will continue with the probe against two Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in February 2012.

The apex court said that the day-to-day proceedings will be conducted by a special court against the marines.

The special court will handle no other case except the case against the marines, the SC said.

The Supreme Court said that the central government would take steps in pursuance of its Jan 18 judgment.

On Feb 15, 2012, the two marines, posted on security duty aboard an Italian-registered oil tanker, Enrica Lexie, mistaking a boat of fishermen for pirates, shot and killed two Indian fishermen, Ajay Binki and Gelastine.

The incident occurred about 20.5 nautical miles off the coast of Kerala.

The case was initially tried in Kerala. The Italians have been contesting the jurisdiction of Indian courts in the matter, saying the incident occurred in international waters.

The trial then shifted to the apex court, which has now deferred its judgment twice.

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