Italian ship can leave only after police clearance: Kerala HC

The high court said a guarantee of Rs 25 lakh needs to be paid before the ship can leave.

FP Staff February 22, 2012 15:54:25 IST
Italian ship can leave only after police clearance: Kerala HC

Italian vessel Enrica Lexie can leave the country only after they get clearance from the investigating agency looking into the murder of the two Indian fisherman, the Kerala High Court said today.

Italian ship can leave only after police clearance Kerala HC

The Kerala High Court said the ship can leave the Kochi harbour after paying a guarantee of Rs 25 lakh/AFP

The high court said that the vessel can't leave the Kochi port without paying a guarantee, CNN - IBN reported.

The Italian ship could leave after paying Rs 25 lakh, the high court said.

The verdict comes on a plea filed by the wife of one of the fishermen killed according to Manorama Online.

The two fishermen, Ajesh Binki (25) and Jalastein (45) were killed on 15 February off Kollam coast near Kerala when two Italian marines on board the ship allegedly fired at their boat.

The Italian soldiers, Latorre Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone, are presently in police custody.

Italian authorities had moved the Kerala High Court seeking quashing of FIR against two Naval guards charged with murder.

Diplomatic talks today between Italy’s Junior Foreign Minister Staffan De Mistura and Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur to resolve the matter were inconclusive.

The Indian minister said that she made it clear during the discussion that the issue would be handled according to the law of the land and said the "very fair and free judiciary" will take the right decision.

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