Under what law are Italian marines to be tried, asks SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the central government to categorically spell out its stand about the   law under which to try the two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.

The apex court bench headed by Justice B.S. Chauhan said the government will spell out its stand in writing by next Wednesday, when the court takes up the matter for further hearing.

The order came after Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati told the court that the law ministry’s opinion has been sought on the Suppression of Unlawful Act against the Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Law (SUA) being invoked for the marines’ trial.

The law ministry is examining the home ministry’s opinion and that of the external affairs ministry which favours withdrawal of the SUA.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) invoked the SUA but the decision has come under review after the Italian government opposed it, saying that its two marines could not not be tried under the anti-piracy law.

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Source: http://freepressjournal.in/

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