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Italian marines won't face death penalty

Posted on Feb 07 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 7 : The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday revised the sanction given to prosecute the two Italian marines in Kerala fishermen killing case and decided to drop the clause on death penalty, media report said.

This means the two Italian marines- Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone- charged with murdering Kerala fishermen will not face the death penalty if convicted.

Going by Italy's request, India decided to charge the marines under a new section of the law, where the maximum penalty is not the death penalty.

The marines will now face a maximum of 10 years in jail for the shooting.

On Feb 15, 2012, the security officials of Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen mistaking them as pirates in the high seas off Ambalapuzha in Kerala. They were subsequently arrested.

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