Fishermen case: Marines` custody ends today

Last Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 10:38

New Delhi: The police custody of the Italian marines accused of killing two Kerala fishermen ends on Monday and they will be produced before the court in Kollam.

On Thursday the state government asked the High Court to disallow the Italian ship from leaving Indian water as investigations were still on.

Indian laws will be applied to the two Italian marines who are now in judicial custody for killing two Indian fishermen, Defence Minister AK Antony earlier said.
The two Italian marines, Latorre Massimillano and Salvatore Girone, were Feb 20 sentenced by a court to 14 days custody, of which the first three days were in police custody. The judicial custody was later extended twice by seven days each. Last Monday, the two marines were lodged at the Thiruvananthapuram Central Prison.
They have been charged with shooting dead Indian fishermen Ajesh Binki (25), and Gelastine (45) Feb 15 after mistaking them to be pirates. The marines were on board cargo vessel Enrica Lexie, about 14 nautical miles off Alappuzha in Kerala.

Antony`s statement comes at a time when the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura has been moving from pillar to post in a bid to get the two marines out of prison and lodged in a guest house as they were during the earlier part of their police custody.

IANS



First Published: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 09:38

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