MHA Withdraws 'SUA' Sanction Given to NIA

The Ministry of Home Affairs has withdrawn the sanction given to the National Investigation Agency to prosecute the two Italian marines, facing trial for killing two Indian fishermen, under the anti-piracy law.

Published: 08th March 2014 08:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th March 2014 08:29 AM   |  A+A-

The Ministry of Home Affairs has withdrawn the sanction given to the National Investigation Agency to prosecute the two Italian marines, facing trial for killing two Indian fishermen, under the anti-piracy law.

The move came after Attorney General G E Vahanwati assured the Supreme Court that Suppression of Unlawful Acts against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act (SUA) will not be applied in the case.The Home Ministry had granted sanction to the NIA in January to prosecute two Italian marines- Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Lattore- allegedly involved in unprovoked shooting and killing of two Indian fishermen- Ajesh Binki and Valentine alias Gelastine on February 15, 2012.

The Italian Government had contested the applicability of the SUA in the apex court.

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