Will hear kin of victims earlier than closing Italian marines’ case: Supreme Court

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7

The Supreme Court on Friday stated it want to hear the family members two Indians killed by Italian marines off the coast in Kerala in 2012 earlier than closing the case.

“First, let Italy pay them compensation. Only then we will allow withdrawal of prosecution. Bring the cheques and the victims’ kin here,” a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde advised Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.

After a global tribunal dominated that India didn’t have the jurisdiction to strive two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in Kerala, the Centre had on July three moved the Supreme Court looking for disposal of the case pending earlier than it.

In an utility filed within the high courtroom, the Centre had stated it had accepted the award of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) below the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

“The Republic of India has taken a decision to accept and abide by the award passed by the said tribunal which would have the bearing on the continuance of present proceedings before this court,” the Centre had submitted.

On Friday, Mehta stated Italy had assured India that it will prosecute the marines.

As the Bench requested about adequacy of compensation to be paid to the households of the victims, Mehta stated the Centre would make sure that most compensation was paid to them. But the Bench made it clear that it received’t move orders for closure of the case towards the 2 Italian marines with out listening to the victims’ households.

It requested the Centre to file an utility inside per week to make the victims’ households events to its plea looking for closure of the case towards Italian marines.

“We cannot think of any relief for marines till their prosecution is not withdrawn in the Kerala court,” the Bench stated. “We are willing to file a petition for withdrawing prosecution of the two marines,” Mehta stated even because the CJI stated the victims’ households should be heard.

In its utility, the Centre stated it will abide by the award in killings of two fishermen by Italian Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone who have been on board Italian-flagged oil tanker MV Enrica Lexie once they allegedly fired at two Indian fishermen on February 15, 2012.

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