The Supreme Court Wednesday allowed an Italian marine, accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012, to stay in his country until April 30 for medical treatment. The marine, Massimiliano Latorre, had to return to India by Friday, as per the deadline set by the court.
Latorre, who along with his colleague Salvatore Girone, faces murder charge for killing two fishermen off Kerala coast, but the Italian government has invoked international arbitration, questioning the India’s jurisdiction to try them.
While extending the stay, the bench, led by Justice Anil R Dave, sought to know the status of the proceedings at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and asked the Centre to apprise them of it on April 13.
The bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and Amitava Roy, inquired from advocate Soli Sorabjee, appearing for the marines, about media reports that Latorre will not be sent back to India by Italy. “These are stray reports,” replied Sorabjee.
On a request made jointly by the Indian and Italian governments, the apex court had in August 2014 stayed criminal prosecution and all others proceedings against the two Italian marines, owing to the pending arbitration proceedings.
Admitting the case for hearing on points of jurisdiction as well as merit, the ITLOS had earlier asked India and Italy to suspend all proceedings related to the incident so that the issue does not get precipitated any further.