HC to hear release of Italian ship

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 03, 2012 08:21 hrs

Kochi, Apr 3 (IBNS) The Kerala High Court on Tuesday will hear a petition on the release of Italian ship Enrica Lexie, whose security personnel allegedly killed two Indian fishermen.

The high court on Monday extended the stay on the release of Enrica Lexie by a day.

The high court said it cannot consider the petition for the release of the ship before filing the plea under CrPC Section 457.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has said the country´s judicial system will decide on the fate of two Italian marines who allegedly killed two Indian fishermen in recent times.

After his meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday, Krishna told reporters: "We had detailed discussions focussing on two issues. Two innocent fishermen died for no fault of theirs; first the marines were in police custody, then in judicial custody."

"Court will ultimately decide how this impasse can be resolved," he said.

A Kollam court Monday extended the judicial custody of marines Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone by 14 days.

The two accused are in custody since February 19.

Earlier, Chandy made it clear that the two Italian marines will not be transferred to their country and that they should face trial in India itself.

With Italy pressuring India for the transfer of the marines, Chandy said since the crime was committed in Indian waters, as per the country´s law, the trial should take place here only and not in their native country.

Pertinently, Italian Defence Minister Giam Paolo di Paolo met Chandy three days ago on the issue.

On Feb 15, security officials of the Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen mistaking them as pirates in the high seas off Ambalapuzha in Kerala.

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