Fishermen killing: Italian ship to be searched?
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 09:57
Zeenews Bureau

Kochi: The Kerala Police is expected to conduct a search operation on the Italian merchant vessel Enrica Lexie, which has been anchored in the harbour here in connection with the killing of two Indian fishermen by the ship’s guards in high seas last week.

The Kerala High Court is also expected to take up the petition filed by the two Italian guards seeking the quashing of the FIR filed against them. The two Italian guards -- Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone – have submitted that Kerala Police have no authority to conduct investigation in the case and courts in India have no jurisdiction as the incident occurred beyond its territorial waters.

The marines, suspected to have shot dead the fishermen, took the legal recourse after they were arrested by the state police capping days of hectic negotiations between Indian and Italian officials on the issue of submitting them to Indian authorities.

Italy has been maintaining that the incident occurred outside Indian territorial waters and the marines’ action was taken assuming the fishing vessel to be carrying pirates.

The court has also admitted a petition by the family of one of the deceased fishermen seeking Rs 1 crore compensation and directed the owners of Italian vessel Enrica Lexie to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 25 lakh.

Meanwhile, Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Steffan de Mistura has arrived in Kerala to hold talks with the state government.

Mistura had met his counterpart Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur in New Delhi yesterday to find a way out of the imbroglio India government stood its ground that law will take its course.

First Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 09:57

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