Court rejects Italian marines` pleas

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 20:54

Kollam: The Chief Judicial Magistrate
Court here on Wednesday rejected two petitions by marines of the
Italian ship Enrica Lexie, charged with shooting dead two
Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast on February 15.

The marines, Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone, had
in their plea asked the Court to allow joint forensic
examination of the weapons used in the shooting incident by
Indian and Italian experts.

The CJM A K Gopakumar rejected the plea on the ground that
the Italians had earlier unilaterally decided not to take part
in the joint ballistic test firing allowed by the court. If
the joint forensic examination was allowed, it would only
delay the probe, the court observed.

The marines` plea to provide them with a television set in
the prison room at central jail in Thiruvananthapuram was also
turned down as prison rules did not have any such provision.

The court, however, said Italian newspapers and magazines
could be provided to them in the prison with the permission of
jail authorities.

The court had on Monday extended the remand of the two
marines for another fortnight. The naval guards were arrested
on February 19 and charged with murder of fishermen Valentine
Jalastine and Ajesh Binki, who put out to sea from Neendakara
coast near here.

They were in police custody in the first 14 days and
had been lodged in a special cell in the central prison since
March 5 after the court remanded them to judicial custody.

The Italian vessel is still anchored off Kochi Port as the
Kerala High Court is yet to give permission for the vessel to
sail.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 20:54

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