Nation Current Affairs 26 May 2016 SC allows Italian ma ...

SC allows Italian marine Salvatore Girone to fly home but with conditions

Published May 26, 2016, 9:20 am IST
Updated May 26, 2016, 1:55 pm IST
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan attacked Centre for not objecting to relaxing the bail condition of the marine.
Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre are facing charges of murdering two Indian fishermen in 2012.(Photo: AFP)
 Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre are facing charges of murdering two Indian fishermen in 2012.(Photo: AFP)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday relaxed the  bail conditions of Italian marine Salvatore Girone accused of killing two Kerala fishermen, allowing him to go to Italy till International Arbitral Tribunal decides jurisdictional issue.

Salvatore Girone and fellow marine Massimiliano Latorre are accused of shooting the fishermen while protecting an Italian oil tanker as part of an anti-piracy mission off India's southern Kerala coast in 2012.


However, the court relaxed Girone's bail on certain conditions - he would have to surrender his passport once in Italy. He would have to report to police station every month and would be prohibited from leaving Italy unless the Supreme Court of India grants him permission.

The Indian government's lawyers have not objected in the Supreme Court to the marine's request to go home. Kerala Chief Minister attacked the Centre for its decision and called it 'unacceptable'.

Read: Italy must return marine if India's jurisdiction is proved: UN court


Latorre was allowed to travel back to Italy in 2014 for treatment after suffering a stroke.

But Girone has been barred from leaving India pending the resolution of a dispute between New Delhi and Rome over which country has jurisdiction in the case. Girone has been living in Italy's embassy in New Delhi.

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to alter Girone's bail conditions allowing him to return, after a tribunal in The Hague ruled this month he should be free to go, pending the final outcome of arbitration.

"Having considered submissions of the parties, subject to conditions, the Italian marine Salvatore Girone's bail conditions are modified," Justices PC Pant and DY Chandrachud said in a written judgement read out in court.


Italy initiated international arbitration proceedings in the case last year, referring the row to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague and asking it to rule on where the men should be tried.

Under his new bail conditions, Girone must return to Delhi within one month if the PCA rules that he face trial in India.

The detention of the marines, the murder charges and the long wait for the case to be resolved are sore subjects in Italy, with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi regularly flayed by opposition leaders for failing to get both men home.


Italy insists the oil tanker, the MV Enrica Lexie, was in international waters at the time of the incident.

India argues the case is not a maritime dispute but "a double murder at sea", in which one fisherman was shot in the head and the other in the stomach.

In December 2014, Rome threatened to withdraw its ambassador from India after a court rejected Latorre's original request for medical leave.

Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi