BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ Two British marines will be charged in the death of 20-year-old Irish nationalist who was shot in the back more than a year ago, police said Friday.

Fergal Caraher was killed as he drove away from a marine checkpoint in the border village of Cullyhanna on Dec. 30, 1990. He was a member of Sinn Fein, the legal political party which supports the outlawed Irish Republican Army.

A one-sentence statement from the Royal Ulster Constabulary said the two marines would also be charged with wounding Caraher's brother, Miceal.

It did not identify the suspects or give other specifics. A Defense Ministry spokesman referred all questions to police.

Police initially reported that the brothers' car ran through a military checkpoint, striking two soldiers and carrying one of them for some distance on the hood.

Miceal Caraher and several village residents said the brothers were stopped by soldiers and then they drove away normally without hitting anyone.

Witnesses said they counted about a dozen holes in the trunk of the car, and two more in the back and front glass.

Amnesty International, the world human rights organization headquartered in London, last June cited the case among several which it said raised questions about the conduct of police and soldiers in Northern Ireland.

Supporters of Sinn Fein accuse the police and army of having a deliberate ''shoot to kill'' policy. The government denies it.