‘Italian marines to be prosecuted under Indian law`

Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 17:38

Thiruvananthapuram: Holding that the two
Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen off
Kerala coast would be prosecuted under the Indian law, Defence
Minister A K Antony today said the investigation into the case
was progressing in the right direction.

"The case will be preceded under the Indian law.
Judiciary in the country is independent," Antony told
reporters here.

"The incident of shooting down of two hapless fishermen
off the coast of Kollam on February 15 was unfortunate and
equally condemnable," he said.

"The investigation in the case was progressing on the
right direction and the Kerala government was handling it very
strongly and powerfully. The Centre had extended full support
to the state`s initiative," he said.

The arrested Italian marines -- Latore Massimiliano and
Salvatore Girone -- have been charged with murder under
Section 302 of IPC.

A Special Investigation Team led by Kochi commissioner,
M R Ajith Kumar is probing the case.
The victims -- Valentine Jalastine and Ajeesh Binki --
set out to sea in a boat along with nine fishermen from
Neendakara fishing harbour.

The two fishermen were allegedly killed by the marines of
Italian ship `Enrica Lexie` when they fired at their boat on
February 15.

The Italian authorities have contended that the fishing
boat was fired, mistaking it to be a pirate vessel.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 15:24

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