New Delhi, April 8 - Two Italian marines facing homicide charges in India will not face the death penalty should they be convicted in the deaths of two fishermen, a senior official in New Delhi said Monday. Previous promises made to waive that punishment remain valid, said R.K Singh, the undersecretary of India's interior ministry. "We will honour any assurance that has been given to Italy" concerning the death penalty, he told reporters. It had been unclear recently if those earlier pledges still stood in what has become a highly publicized and politicized case that saw Italy's foreign minister resign over a decision last month to return the two sailors to India to stand trial. Late last week, the Indian government confirmed the marines would be tried by a special court that cannot hand down a death sentence. Anti-piracy marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone stand accused in the February 2012 deaths of Ajesh Binki and Jelastine Valentine after allegedly mistaking them for pirates while guarding the Enrica Lexie merchant ship.