SC Allows Accused Marine Massimiliano Latorre To Stay in Italy

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed murder-accused Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre to stay back in Italy till April 30. The apex court has asked the government to appraise it by April 13 about the developments in international arbitration proceedings in the marine’s case.

Latorre was allowed by the Supreme Court in September 2014 to go to Italy initially for four months after he had suffered a brain stroke. His stay there was extended subsequently. The head of Italian Senate’s defence committee Nicola Latorre said on Tuesday that the Marine, accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 off the Kerala coast, will not return to India.

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Salvatore Girone, the other accused, is still here and Italy has been seeking his return as well. The marines, who were on board ship ‘Enrica Lexie’, are accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast on February 15, 2012 after mistaking them for pirates.

The Supreme Court which was handling the case suspended the court proceedings relating to the trial of two marines in August last year following an order to this effect by International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) which was approached by Italy for international arbitration.