New Delhi: Italy has told the Supreme Court that it objects to the National Investigation Agency taking over the marines' case. Italy is concerned because the NIA is empowered to deal with maritime piracy and terrorism and serious charges under these can lead to a call for the death penalty.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had handed over the marines case to the NIA and a case was registered against them. The move had come following the Supreme Court's ruling that the Kerala government had no jurisdiction to prosecute the two.
According to sources in the MHA, the NIA was supposed to investigate the case from the very beginning and seek all evidence collected by the Kerala police that conducted initial probe and charged marines Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone with murder.
Italy is concerned because the NIA is empowered to deal with maritime piracy and serious charges can lead to a call for death penalty.