Italian marines to go home to vote

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 08:56 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IBNS) The Supreme Court on Friday allowed two Italian marines, who were arrested for gunning down two Indian fishermen mistaking them as sea pirates in February last year, to travel to Italy to cast their votes in the upcoming elections in the country.

Allowing the plea of the two marines - Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone - and the Italian government to allow them to travel to Italy, a bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said they would travel to Italy under the custody and control of the Ambassador of Italy in India.

The court directed them to return to India after four weeks.

Earlier, in December, the accused marines were allowed to return home to celebrate Christmas.

They returned to India last month after celebrating Christmas with their families at home.

On Feb 15, 2012, 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. They were subsequently arrested.

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