SC allows Italian marine Salvatore Girone to return home

New Delhi: On Thursday, the Supreme Court allowed the Italian marine Salvatore who was arrested for a murder in India, has been allowed to return back to their home.

As per reports, the Chief Master Sergeant Massimiliano Latorre and Sergeant Major Girone were supposedly accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 off the Kerala coast when they were deployed as security personnel on an Italian oil tanker MT Enrica Lexie crossing the Indian Ocean.

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Ever since then Girone has been living in the Italian embassy in the national capital, however Latore is in Italy on grounds of being ill.

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.

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The bench recorded the Indian government`s “no objection” to the move.

Relaxing the earlier bail order, the bench also added three more conditions proposed by Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha on behalf of the Indian government.

Besides 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.

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The court order came in the wake of April 29 order of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) 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.