Kerala opposes plea to move Italian ship
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 19:46
Kochi: Kerala Government on Wednesday opposed in the High Court a petition by owners of Italian ship 'Enrica Lexie', seeking release of the ship detained off Kochi coast in connection with the case of killing of two Indian fishermen allegedly by marines aboard the ship last month.

The Assistant Solicitor General for the Centre, however, said the Centre had no objection in releasing the ship.

When the plea came up, Advocate General K P Dandapani informed the court that the ship should not be released till the reports of the Forensic Laboratory tests concerning the case were received.

The Advocate General said the reports of the Forensic tests of firearms seized from the ship were awaited.

Justice P S Gopinathan adjourned the case to Thursday for further consideration.

Family members of the deceased fishermen opposed moving of the vessel and its master, arguing that if the captain moved out with the ship, it could adversely affect their case.

The dependents of the deceased had claimed Rs three crore as compensation.

Marines Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Gironi have been arrested and charged with murder for allegedly gunning down the two fishermen on Feb 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.


First Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 19:46

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