Day after marines booked,Italian PM talks to Khurshid

The NIA has also booked the marines under the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act,2002.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:April 6, 2013 3:43 am

A day after the National Investigation Agency booked two Italian marines for the murder of fishermen off Kerala coast,Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti Friday called Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid to discuss recent developments in the case.

Monti’s call came not long after Deputy Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura asked Khurshid to keep Rome posted on the developments. Khurshid updated Mistura on developments since their meeting last month,including lifting of travel restriction on the Italian ambassador by the Supreme Court,sources said.

The charge the marines have been booked for invites a maximum sentence of death but sources in the NIA said it would not press for capital punishment — the charge would be watered down to culpable homicide — as India has given a sovereign assurance on the same to Rome.

The NIA has also booked the marines under the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act,2002. The law deals with offences committed on sea and prescribes capital punishment if the action of the convicted has resulted in death.

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