The Centre Friday informed the Supreme Court that the Italian government has agreed to pay a compensation of Rs 10 crore to the kin of the fishermen killed by marines off the Kerala coast in 2012. While the family members of the two deceased fishermen will be given Rs 4 crore each, the injured owner of the boat will be paid Rs 2 crore in damages, the Centre said.
Here’s a timeline of what happened over the last nine years:
February 15, 2012: Two fishermen – Jelestine and Ajeesh Pinku – who had gone deep sea fishing from the Neendakara Fishing Harbour, were shot dead in the seas off the Ambalapuzha coast in Kerala. The incident reportedly took place in international waters. The ship from which the fishermen were fired upon was identified as the Enrica Lexie, officials of which claimed they thought the fishermen were pirates.
February 17, 2012: The Italian oil tanker is brought to Kochi after the Indian Navy alleged the Italian crew flouted counter-piracy measures, which consequently resulted in the ship’s armed guards, Italian military personnel, gunning down two Indian fishermen.
February 19, 2012: Kerala Police arrest the two Italian marines — Latorre Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone — who allegedly shot at the fishermen.
February 22, 2012: The Italian government moves Kerala High Court to quash the FIR against the two marines stating that under the principles of international law and conventions, including the United Nations Convention on the…