Italy moves SC seeking release of its marines, hearing on Monday

Italy has pleaded the Supreme Court to discharge the marines in the case due to delay in the proceedings.

New Delhi | Published:January 15, 2014 12:23 pm
According to the Italian government, no chargesheet has been submitted in the case even one year after the order of the apex court. According to the Italian government, no chargesheet has been submitted in the case even one year after the order of the apex court.

The Italian government has resumed the efforts for the release of their marines, who are accused of killing two Kerala fishermen in Indian waters in 2013. Italy has moved the Supreme Court seeking direction to Centre to expedite the proceedings in the case.

According to the Italian government, no chargesheet has been submitted in the case even one year after the order of the apex court. It has pleaded the Supreme Court to discharge the marines in the case due to delay in the proceedings.

The Supreme Court has accepted the plea and is slated to hear it on Monday.

Meanwhile, National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sought sanction to prosecute the two Italian marines – Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone – under the ‘Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf’ Act (SUA), a provision which has only death penalty as punishment.

India has, however, given an assurance to Italy that the two would not be awarded death penalty. The two marines, who are now lodged at the Italian Embassy in New Delhi, were on board Italian vessel ‘Enrica Lexie’ when they allegedly shot dead two fishermen off Kerala coast on February 15, 2012.

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    ravi
    Jan 15, 2014 at 7:38 am
    they should just pay blood money and go home
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      Dinesh
      Jan 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm
      If one of your relative was shot dead by the Italian marines, I guess you would just take the money. Right?
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        Malcolm
        Jan 16, 2014 at 9:20 am
        you should know that in India, as well as in all western countries, it is up to the accusation to prove that the suspects are guilty, Not up to them to prove their are innocent. It is a basic principle to protect people rights. Try to imagine what would happen it governments could accuse anyone of crimes and then say "its up to you to prove you are innocent". The point here is that in two years no evidence whatsoever has been provided, try to search on the internet and you will find only lot of theories. No ballistic expertise has been published. How is it possible after two years? It would be so easy to prove their are guilty, just show a match between the builletts in the bodies and the marines rifles. NIA and Kerala so far failed to show that. How do you explain it?
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          Malcolm
          Jan 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm
          can you prove that someone was shot by the two marines? In two years neither kerala nor NIA succeeded in providing any evidence.
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            Swaran Singh
            Jan 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm
            If you were shot dead at work, your family should take money and let go. no?
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              Swaran Singh
              Jan 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm
              Indian republic is governed by its laws & not by your whims.
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                Swaran Singh
                Jan 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm
                Sure, he will take money. But if he was shot dead then his relatives should be giveb money & him ignored.
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                  Test
                  Jan 16, 2014 at 5:57 am
                  So let them prove their innocence.
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                    varkey
                    Jan 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm
                    They would have got a fair, speedy trial in Kerala. No point in expecting it from the incompetent north-indian babus.
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                      winay
                      Jan 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm
                      Well it depends from person to person. Fisherman families were poor and were okay with the huge compensation Italians offered to them.I see no reason for govt of India to poke their nose around when the families were okay for an out of court settlement.
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