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India 'updated' Monti on special court

Italian PM phoned Indian FM after conflicting reports

India 'updated' Monti on special court

(see previous). New Delhi, April 5 - A phone call between outgoing Italian Premier and interim Foreign Minister Mario Monti and Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid allowed India to update him on the formation of a special court for two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, as decided by India's Supreme Court on January 18. A special court would hand down sentences of no longer than seven years, according to recent reports. Earlier on Friday it was reported that the case of anti-piracy marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, accused in the February 2012 deaths of Ajesh Binki and Gelastine (Valentine), would be handled by a normal court which could give out life sentences, in violation of a deal Italy made in returning the marines last month. Also Friday, Deputy Italian Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura on Friday met Khurshid personally for assurances on the marines after a new probe was opened by anti-terrorist police, the Italian embassy told ANSA.

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