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Italian marine Salvatore Girone can leave India: SC

It recorded the Indian government's 'no objection' to the move

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: May 26 2016 12:20PM | Updated Date: May 26 2016 12:20PM

Italian marine Salvatore Girone can leave India: SC

Supreme Court cleared the decks for the return of Italian marine Sergeant Major Salvatore Girone on Thursday, who along with Chief Master Sergeant Massimiliano Latorre is accused of killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala's coast in February 2012, to leave India as it relaxed its earlier bail conditions.

 
An apex court vacation bench of Justice Prafulla C. Pant and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud modified the bail condition paving  way for Girone's return to Italy on an application by the Italian government backed by India.
 
The bench recorded the Indian government's "no objection" to the move.
 
Relaxing previous bail order, the bench also added three more conditions proposed by Additional Solicitor General P.S.Narasimha on behalf of the Indian government.
 
Apart from this, the court said that the Italian ambassador in New Delhi will give a fresh undertaking stating that Girone shall be made to return to India in one month after the decision of the International Arbitral Tribunal and if required by it.
 
Latorre is already on Italy on health grounds.
 
The court order came in the wake of April 29 order of the tribunal asking both India and Italy to cooperate for Girone's return till arbitration proceedings before it are going.
 
Italy has invoked international arbitration on the issue of jurisdiction to try the two Italian marines for killing the fishermen mistaking them as sea pirates.