HC asks Italian marines to file a fresh affidavit

Kerala HC asked the Italian counsel to file a proper affidavit, seeking to quash the FIR against two marines for shooting dead two Indian fishermen.

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday asked the
Italian counsel to file a proper affidavit in the case filed
by them, seeking to quash the FIR against two marines of
"Enrica Lexie" for allegedly shooting dead two Indian
fishermen off the Kollam coast last month.

Earlier, while hearing the petition filed by the Italian
consulate, the High Court had observed that there are various
defects in the petition and the affidavit was not proper.

While considering the Italian Consulate`s plea, Justice P
S Gopinathan found that the affidavit filed by the Marines,
who are now in judicial custody, was not proper.
The Court granted them time till March 30 to file an
affidavit signed by the Marines, now lodged in the Central
Prison in Thiruvananthapuram after being remanded to judicial
custody by a court in Kollam

The Court asked the Advocate General of Kerala to get the
signatures of the marines with the proper consent of the
authorities concerned.
Marines Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Gironi have
been arrested and charged with murder for allegedly gunning
down the two fishermen on February 15 off Kollam coast after
suspecting them to be pirates.

The case is being investigated by a special investigation
team led by the Kochi police commissioner.


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