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Fishermen deaths: Court rejects Italian marines' bail plea

A Kerala court today rejected a bail plea filed by the two Italian marines who are accused of shooting and killing two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala about three months ago.

The Italian marines, Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone who were on board the Italian ship ‘Enrica Lexie’ when the incident occurred on 15 February,had approached a sessions court in Kollam district seeking bail after a magistrate's court had rejected their plea.

The two Italian marines are presently lodged in a jail in Thiruvananthapuram. AP

The police had filed the charge sheet against the two Italian soldiers yesterday in which they were charged under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the International Maritime Law.

The naval guards, lodged in the Central prison at Thiruvanathapuram for nearly three months, are also facing charges under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 427 (causing damage or loss) and 34 (acting in common intention).

Article 3 of the Suppression of Unlawful Act of International Martime Navigation has also been invoked in connection with the incident which had led to a diplomatic row between India and Italy.

The charge sheet, drawn up after three months of investigation, said the ship was sailing 20.5 nautical miles off the Indian coast when the marines fired at the fishermen from Kerala who were aboard the boat St Antony.

The victims, Valentine Jalastine and Ajesh Binki, who took to sea along with nine other fishermen from Neendakara near here, was shot dead on 15 February. The Italian marines were arrested on 19 February.

with inputs from PTI