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.