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Will the case against Italian Marines who killed Indian fishermen off Kerala coast achieve closure in Indian courts? Supreme Court will hear the case on April 9th

The Supreme court will hear on April 9th the centre's plea for closure of the cases against the two Italian Marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast nine years ago

The Centre told the top court that it has contacted the victims’ family members and due compensation has been paid to them.

A bench of Chief Justice Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who mentioned the matter for urgent listing, that on last occasion the court had asked the Centre to contact the victim’s family.

The bench agreed to hear the plea on Friday.

The Apex court had made it clear to the Centre during August last year that it would not pass any order on the plea seeking closure of cases against two Italian marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen, without hearing the victims’ families, who should be given adequate compensation.

It had asked the Centre to make the victims’ family members as parties to its plea seeking closure of Italian Marines case.

Italy has assured Marines as per law would be prosecuted; the victims’ families would get max compensation

The Centre had told the top court that Italy has assured the Indian government that it would prosecute the Marines there as per law and that maximum compensation will be ensured to the victims’ family member the apex court had said it appreciates the steps taken by Italy to prosecute these marines but the court was concerned with the adequate compensation to victims’ kin.

In February 2012, India had accused two Italian marines, Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre, on board the MV Enrica Lexie — an Italian flagged oil tanker — of killing two Indian fishermen who were on a fishing vessel in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The complaint against the marines was lodged by Freddy, the owner of fishing boat ‘St Antony’ in which two Kerala fishermen were killed when marines opened fire on them allegedly under misconception that they were pirates.

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