NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday has allowed an Italian marine, accused of killing two Indian fishermen, to return to Italy. The court also ordered Salvatore Girone, the marine, to not attempt to influence witnesses or destroy evidence in the case upon his return to Italy. In addition, the court asked the Italian ambassador to give an undertaking that he would bring Girone back to India to face trial when the time comes. The Supreme Court ruled that Girone can return to Italy while the United Nations tribunal decides on a jurisdictional issue between India and Italy.
Chief Master Sergeant Massimiliano Latorre and Sergeant Major Girone, accused of killing in 2012 two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast, were then serving as security personnel on an Italian oil tanker MT Enrica Lexie crossing the Indian Ocean. irone has been living in the Italian embassy in New Delhi while Latorre is already in Italy on health grounds and his stay there was recently extended by the apex court till September 30 this year.
An apex court vacation bench of Justice Prafulla C Pant and Justice DY Chandrachud modified the bail condition paving the way for Girone`s return to Italy on an application by the Italian government backed by India.