Trial against Italian marines adjourned to 25 July
The Italian marines were arrested on 19 February for allegedly opening fire and killing two Kerala fishermen. The Kerala High court had on 30 May granted them bail with stringent conditions and they are now staying in Kollam.
Kollam (Kerala): A local court here today adjourned to 25 July trial in the case relating to the killing of two Indian fishermen by two Italian marines on board 'Enrica Lexie' off Kollam coast.
Judge PD Rajan of the district and sessions court adjourned the trial to 25 July and rejected the defence plea for the translated version of the charge sheet in Italian language.
The judge observed that there was no provision under CRPC to provide translated version of charge sheet. The defence lawyers were well versed in Malayalam and English languages, the court pointed out. The court also quoted a Madras High Court order in this regard.
The court said the service of three translators for the benefit of the accused had been provided.
The marines Latore Massimilliano and Salvatore Girone were present in court.
The marines, engaged for security of the Italian vessel, were arrested on 19 February for allegedly opening fire and killing fishermen Jalestine and Ajesh Binki, who had ventured to sea from nearby Neendakara in a boat with nine others.
Kerala High court had on 30 May granted them bail with stringent conditions and they are now staying here.
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Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy informed the state assembly today that India would go to any length to see that the two Italian marines were brought back to stand trial for killing two Indian fishermen.
Sonia Gandhi has an opportunity to silence all innuendo about her Italian origins by acting decisively on the Italian marines issue.
The submission of the once belligerent relatives of the two fishermen who were killed by alleged fire from the Italian ship Enrica Lexie, has yet again proven that poverty and faith are our terrible weak spots.