Kerala murders: Italy moves SC for custody of its marines

The petition said that the continued detention of the two Italian marines by Kerala Police was illegal.

hidden April 20, 2012 16:36:42 IST

New Delhi: Italy on Friday moved the Supreme Court to secure custody of its two marines arrested in Kerala for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen. The marines were posted on cargo ship MV Enrica Lexie when they killed the two fishermen, mistaking them to be pirates.

Kerala murders Italy moves SC for custody of its marines

Italy today moved the Supreme Court to secure custody of its two marines arrested in Kerala for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen. PTI

The Italian government in its petition moved through its ambassador in New Delhi urged the apex court to direct India to make over the custody of its two navy men, Chief Master Sergeant Massimilano Latorre and Sergeant Salvatore Girone, to the Italian government.

The petition said that the continued detention of the two Italian marines by Kerala Police was illegal and ultra vires as it was violative of the principle of sovereign immunity and also violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Indian Constitution.

The two marines had allegedly mistaken Indian fishermen Ajesh Binki, 25, and Gelastine, 45, as sea pirates and shot them dead on 15 February, off Alappuzha in Kerala.

The two Italian marines have been in judicial custody since 20 February and are currently lodged at the Thiruvananthapuram Central Prison.

IANS

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