SC extends stay of Italian marine, accused of killing two Indian fishermen, till Sept 30

A bench of Justices A R Dave, Kurian Joseph and Amitava Roy asked Italian authorities here to give an undertaking to abide by conditions under which Latorre was allowed to leave India.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 2, 2016 4:49 pm
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The Supreme Court Tuesday extended till September 30 the stay of Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre in his home country. Latorre and his colleague Salvatore Girone are accused of killing two fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012. The court was informed by the Centre that international arbitration proceedings in the matter would be completed only by December 2018.

A bench of Justices A R Dave, Kurian Joseph and Amitava Roy asked Italian authorities here to give an undertaking to abide by conditions under which Latorre was allowed to leave India. It said a fresh undertaking has to be furnished before April 30 when the earlier extension of his stay comes to an end.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar apprised the bench of the schedule of proceedings fixed before International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Germany (ITLOS). The court will hear the case next on September 20. It did not accept a plea made by Latorre’s counsel to extend his stay straightaway by one year.

On a request made jointly by the Indian and Italian governments, the apex court had in August 2014 stayed all proceedings against the two marines, owing to the pending arbitration proceedings. The ITLOS had earlier asked India and Italy to suspend proceedings related to the incident so that the issue does not get precipitated any further.

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