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Italian marines will still be tried in India, says foreign ministry

Published on Feb 25, 2014 7:35 PM

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen will still be tried in India, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, a day after the government dropped a plan to prosecute the men under a tough anti-piracy law.

The decision underscored that the two-year-old case that has frayed ties between the two countries was far from over - despite Monday's move to drop the more serious charges.

"They will still be tried in India, under Indian law," foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told Reuters.

"It is not a bilateral issue. It is about trying to ensure that those who are charged with crimes against Indian nationals will be held accountable under Indian law."

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