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Italian marines to move to Delhi: SC

New Delhi, Jan 18, 2013 (IANS) 16:57 IST
In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 file photo, Italian marines Salvatore Girone, left, and Massimiliano Latorre, arrive at the Ciampino Rome airport from Kochi, India. Italian Consul-General Giampaolo Cutillo said Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 that India's Supreme Court has ruled that the Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen off the coast of India will be tried in a special court in New Delhi. Latorre and Girone were aboard a cargo ship in February 2012 when they opened fire on a fishing boat they mistook for a pirate craft and killed two Indian fishermen, according to local news reports. (AP Photo
The Supreme Court said Friday that two Italian marines charged with shooting dead two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast last year would shift to Delhi and report to a police station every week till a special court is set up to try them.

The apex court also said that during their stay in Delhi, the Italian marines would be under its jurisdiction, while clarifying its ruling that the Kerala government has no independent jurisdiction to try them.

An apex court bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice J. Chelameswar had held that it was only the union of India that had the jurisdiction to try the two marines.

However, the court said the central government, in consultation with the chief justice, will set up a special court to hold the trial.

The Italian government will be free to raise the question that only it had the jurisdiction to to try the marines in Italy. The special court will then rule on this.

The Italian marines, Chief Master Sergeant Massimilano Latorre and Sergeant Salvatore Girone, on board the Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie, had shot dead two Indian fishermen Feb 15 last year suspecting them to be pirates.

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