The Supreme Court Monday directed the closure of criminal proceedings in India against two Italian marines, accused of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in February 2012.
A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and M R Shah quashed the FIR and proceedings emanating from the case against the two Italian marines Massimilano Latorre and Salvatore Girone. The bench said that as per the international arbitral award accepted by India, the Republic of Italy shall resume further investigation in the case. The top court termed the Rs 10 crore compensation paid by the Republic of Italy over and above the payment already made as “reasonable and adequate”.
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 —…