Delhi HC notification to try Italian marines in spl court

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New Delhi, March 23: The two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, who returned to India on Friday will be tried in a special court. According to the electronic media, the Delhi High Court has issued a notification to try the 2 Italian marines in a special court.

In January the apex court had turned down the Italian government's plea that 'Indian courts had no jurisdiction in the case and had held that the two marines should be tried a special court constituted by the Centre'.

The Italian government, had directed that the two be shifted to Delhi and would remain under its 'custody' till the special court is set up.

Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone returned following India's assurance that they would not face the death penalty or be arrested on their return. The marines returned to New Delhi on Friday in an Italian Air Force aircraft and were staying at the Italian embassy here.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said diplomacy did the work and denied that any deal was stuck for the return of the marines. "I want to clarify that there was no deal with Italy."

In a statement in the Lok Sabha Khurshid said: "I'm glad that the matter has been brought to a satisfactory conclusion and the trial of the marines will now proceed as per the directions of the Supreme Court in its order of January 18, 2013."

OneIndia News (with inputs from agencies)

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