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Try marines under maritime laws, hand over case to NIA: BJP

BJP on Monday asked the Centre under what ‘deal’ it had provided an assurance to Italy that no death sentence will be given to the two marines, facing trial for killing two Indian fishermen, and said they should be tried as per maritime laws which envisage stricter punishment.

BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said that the two Italian marines- Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone- should be tried under the ‘Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act, 2002 and not the IPC.

‘Under this Act, murder attracts only death penalty. But the marines are being tried under the IPC where a life sentence or a death sentence can be given. This has been done to somewhat dilute the punishment,’ Lekhi said.

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