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Will keep our promise made to Italy: government

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 09, 2013
First Published: 00:28 IST(9/4/2013) | Last Updated: 02:10 IST(9/4/2013)

Days after a worried Italian government reached out to India to keep its two marines safe from a possible death sentence, home secretary RK Singh on Monday asserted that India would honour the assurances made to Italy. "We will honour whatever assurance was given to Italy," Singh said.

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He had ordered the NIA to take over the probe into the killing of two fishermen off the Kerala coast by the Italian marines. But the NIA -like the Kerala police- invoked the tough Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act, 2002 that stipulates death penalty in case of a killing in the high seas.

On Monday, home ministry officials indicated the NIA could drop penal provisions under the maritime safety law at the time of filing chargesheet.


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