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India confirms Italy's marines won't face death penalty

Anti-pirate guards on trial for alleged homicide

India confirms Italy's marines won't face death penalty

New Delhi, April 9 - India's interior minister on Tuesday confirmed that the government would not seek the death penalty for two Italian marines being tried there for murder. Sushil Kumar Shinde cited section 34 C of India's 1962 Extradition Act, which allows the court to rule out the death penalty as a possible sentence. "The government has made an international commitment to Italy not to seek the death penalty, and it will be honored" Shinde told the Economic Times, an English-language Indian newspaper. Italian anti-pirate marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are in India on charges of shooting and killing fishermen Jelestine "Valentine" and Ajesh Binki after allegedly mistaking them for pirates while guarding a mercantile ship off the Kerala coast in February 2012. After a drawn-out diplomatic row, Italy agreed to hand the men over to Indian authorities last month despite contesting India's right to jurisdiction, given the incident took place in international waters.

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