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NIA not to press for death sentence against Italian marines

The NIA, which has been asked to probe the killing of two Kerala fishermen allegedly by Italian marines, will not press for death sentence against the two accused, honouring an assurance given to Italy by India. A top home ministry official said the National Investigation Agency will not press for death sentence against the marines — Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone — as per the assurance given by India to Italy.

On 22 March, after their return from Italy, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid had told Parliament that India has given an assurance to that country that the duo will not face death penalty nor will they be liable for arrest if they return by the deadline set by the Supreme Court.

India had given assurances after clarifications were sought on death penalty which was a ‘concern’ to that country.

Home secretary R K Singh is expected to have a meeting with foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai and director general of National Investigation Agency S C Sinha to discuss issues related to the assurance given by New Delhi to Rome before the probe agency frames charges against the marines.
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