New Delhi spares Italian marines from mandatory death penalty

Updated 08 February 2014
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New Delhi spares Italian marines from mandatory death penalty

NEW DELHI: India acceded to Italy’s request and said Friday it won’t invoke an anti-piracy law carrying the death penalty when it tries two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.
A Home Ministry official said the government had decided against invoking the law against the marines, who are awaiting trial in India. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to reporters.
India’s top court on Monday had ordered the government to decide within a week whether it would invoke the law. Details of what charges the marines would face during trial were not immediately known.
The Italians were on anti-pirate duty aboard a cargo ship in 2012 when they fired at the fishermen on an Indian boat, saying they mistook the fishermen for pirates.
Italy had objected to plans by India’s anti-terror agency to invoke maritime laws that carry the death penalty.
Italy claimed that New Delhi had assured it that the death penalty in India applies only in the “rarest of rare” cases, and the marines’ case did not fall into that category.
Italy has said the shooting happened in international waters during an international anti-piracy mission and thus, Rome, not India, should have jurisdiction. But a local Indian court insisted it would investigate and the marines were ordered held in India.


Former US VP Biden announces 2020 run for White House

Updated 25 April 2019
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Former US VP Biden announces 2020 run for White House

  • Biden joins an already crowded list of presidential candidates running from the Democratic party
  • He served eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president

WASHINGTON: Former US Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday he is entering the 2020 White House race, joining an already crowded list of candidates running on the Democratic Party platform.
In a tweet accompanied by a three-and-a-half minute video, Biden said he couldn’t stand idly by while US President Donald Trump “fundamentally altered the character of this nation.”
“The core values of this nation... our standing in the world... our very democracy... everything that has made America — America — is at stake,” he wrote in the post.
“That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.”
Even before his official announcement, Biden, who served eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president, led most surveys of Democratic voters.
The RealClearPolitics poll aggregate puts him as favorite with 29.3 percent support, followed by independent Senator Bernie Sanders at 23 percent.