April 20th, 2012
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Italian govt seeks release of marines; families meet prisoners at jail

Thiruvananthapuram: The Italian government approached the Supreme Court seeking the release of the two navy personnel accused of killing two Indian fishermen. Italy on Friday reportedly offered Rs 1 crore as compensation to the families of the two fishermen who were killed in February this year when two marines on board an Italian ship, ‘Enrica Lexie’, fired at them. The vessel owners have also requested the release of the vessel since the two Italian marines have been taken into custody. Marines Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Gironi who have been have been charged with murder are presently under judicial remand at the Central Prison in Thiruvananthapuram under judicial remand.

The compensation sum was raised to Rs 1 crore after the Defence Secretary of Italy held talks with the ship company and the fishermen’s families. Sources say that the families of the fishermen agreed to an out-of-court settlement. The fishermen’s families had moved High Court on Thursday with a petition to transfer the case to the Lok Adalat.

Close family members of the two Italian marines met them at the central prison here, where they have been detained under judicial remand for the last two months. The five-member team, who came all the way from Italy, included parents and wife of Salvatore Girone. Latore Massmiliano’s sister and a nephew also have arrived from Italy. They spent about 90 minutes with their kin and told media persons that they were very sad such fate had befallen their dear ones. Police said the visitors would be in the state for the next 10 days.


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