File photo of two Italian sailors Massimiliano Latore and Salvatore Girone
Two Italian sailors, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, are accused of killing two Kerala fishermen on February 15, 2012.
Sushil Kumar Pandey
New Delhi. The Supreme Court has agreed to close the ongoing criminal trial in India against two Italian sailors accused in the 2012 Kerala fishermen murder case. A formal order in this regard will be passed on Tuesday. A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Emma R Shah was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the central government, that a compensation of Rs 10 crore has been deposited in the apex court for disbursement to the victims.
Mehta said that it is up to the Kerala government to decide on the distribution of the total compensation. The lawyer for the Republic of Italy said that after the award is announced by the International Tribunal, the criminal proceedings pending against the Italian marines before a Delhi court should also be closed.
The Government of India and the Government of Kerala accepted the award of the TribunalThe Solicitor General said that the Tribunal had also said that Italy would reserve the right to prosecute the marines. He said that both the Government of India and the Government of Kerala have accepted the award of the Tribunal. At the same time, the Kerala government told the Supreme Court that the money should be released to the victims after a reasonable time. The state government’s counsel said, “The victims had nothing until this court intervened. There was a lot of outrage in the state after the incident. Though they were satisfied now.
To which the Supreme Court suggested that the money may be transferred to the Kerala High Court and the High Court may oversee the aspect of disbursement of the amount to the victims. However, the Supreme Court will pass the order on Tuesday. In fact, two Italian marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, are accused of killing two Kerala fishermen on 15 February 2012.