Boat owner sees hope

The returning of the two Italian marines to India to face trial in a murder case rekindles the hope of Freddy, owner of the ill-fated fishing boat which was damaged and lost two fishermen onboard in the indiscriminate firing by marines guarding an Italian vessel off the Kerala coast, and to the eight crew members who survived the attack. 

If the special court to be set up by the Centre to try the case as directed by the Supreme Court finds the marines guilty, Freddy and others can move the trial court seeking compensation from Rome.

“Definitely good news for Freddy and the eight surviving fishermen. If the charges against the marines are proved, they should be compensated for their loss,” Mohan Raj, the public prosecutor who had appeared in the case at Kollam district court, told Deccan Herald. The Italian shipping firm paid a compensation of Rs 17 lakh to Freddy for the damage caused to the trawler in the firing.

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