Italy vowed ‘countermeasures’ Friday against India if reports were confirmed that the government there was considering the death penalty as a possible punishment for two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen. Only a day after official assurances to the contrary, Indian newspaper The Hindustan Times reported that India’s anti-terrorist National Investigation Agency (NIA) was pressing to apply a severe 2002 law designed to fight terrorism in international waters against Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone. Under the law, capital punishment is a possible punishment. The paper cited an unidentified, high-ranking government source as saying “there is an agreement” between government ministers to allow the move. Latorre and Girone are accused of killing Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki on February 15, 2012, when the marines allegedly mistook them for pirates and opened fire on the Indians’ fishing trawler from the privately owned Italian-flagged oil-tanker MT Enrica Lexie.