India: court says agency to probe Italian marines

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Associated Press

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 3:02 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 26 at 4:04 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court says that an investigative agency will probe a murder case filed against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen last year.

The Press Trust of India news agency said the court ruled Friday that a special court will proceed with hearing the case after the National Investigative Agency files charges against the marines.

Italy had objected to the agency filing cases under maritime laws, which carry a maximum penalty of death.

India assured Italy last month that the death penalty in India applies only in the "rarest of rare" cases, and the marines' case did not fall into that category.

The marines were part of a military security team on a cargo ship when they fired at the fishermen, saying they thought they were pirates.

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