New Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Thursday, has allowed the second Italian marine, Salvatore Girone, one of the two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen off Kerala, also to go back home. However, there are some riders attached to the order; one being his passport to be impounded in Itly and second will be the apex court's supervision.
In July 2015, Italy had approached International Tribunal of the Laws of the Sea (ITLOS) against the case trial in India. Since, India has to comply with the order of the International court, an order by the Tribunal had asked India and Italy to approach the Supreme Court of India for relaxation of the bail conditions. The order reportedly stated that Italy must ensure that Girone reports to an authority in Italy designated by the Supreme Court of India.
While the Indian government has raised no objection. the court has put a condition that the Italian ambassador will make sure to bring marine back to India to face trial.
The other Marine Massimiliano Latorre is in Italy on medical grounds. The case is now being heard by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), Hague.
Why were Italian Marines arrested?
On February 2012, two Indian fishermen, Jelestine and Ajeesh Pinku, were shot dead by Italian Marines which was around 20 nautical miles off Indian coast. The incident is reported to have taken place in international waters. On February 12, 2012, Italian Oil tanker was reportedly brought to Kochi and the crew was questioned on the killing of the fishermen. The two Italian Marines named Latorre Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone were suspected to have shot at the Indian fishermen.
The Congress has been trying to corner the NDA government on this issue since long.
What does the Congress say?
Congress had earlier accused the Modi government of offering Italy the release of two marines in exchange for the evidence on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to the AgustaWestland copter scam.
Congress' chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala remarked that the stand taken my Modi governmnt is a great injustice to the families of dead fishermen in Kerala.
The Telegraph, had earlier ran a news report saying PM had offered to trade marines for proof aginst Sonia Gandhi, as claimed by the Christian Michel; the 54-year-old agent. However, Telegraph said it could not independently verify Michel's allegations.