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Fishermen killing: SC allows Italian marine to return home for treatment

Latorre to travel to his country for two months for treatment in the wake of brain stroke suffered by him.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi |
Updated: September 12, 2014 4:31:40 pm
Latorre (in photo) and Salvatore Girone have been detained since 2012 pending an investigation into the killing of two Indian fishermen. (Source: AP) Latorre (in photo) and Salvatore Girone have been detained since 2012 pending an investigation into the killing of two Indian fishermen. (Source: AP)

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed Massimiliano Latorre, one of the Italian marines facing murder charges in India, to head back home for treatment for four months on medical grounds

A bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha however rejected the undertaking furnished by Latorre, and asked him to furnish an “unambiguous and unequivocal” fresh undertaking for the court order to become operational.

The bench however accepted the undertaking by the Italy Ambassador on behalf of the Republic of Italy, assuring return of Latorre to India after 4 months.

Meanwhile, Freddy, an eyewitness and a victim of the firing incident, told the court he did not want to press his application opposing Latorre’s plea.

Freddy, in his plea, had earlier submitted that medical examination of Latorre was necessary because of the previous conduct of the marines.

“In an extreme step they refused to return to India claiming diplomatic immunity and which reached to the extent of serious diplomatic issues between two countries,” he had pointed out.

The court had on September 8 sought the Centre’s clear stand on whether it has any “serious objection” on the plea of Latorre to travel to his country for two months for treatment in the wake of brain stroke suffered by him.

It had also exempted Latorre for two weeks from appearing before the Chanakyapuri Police Station once a week as a condition of his bail. The case will be heard next on Friday.

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