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Murder accused Italian marine allowed to go home for four months for treatment

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday permitted Italian marine Massimilano Latorre to go back home to Italy for his treatment for four months.

The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha said the order would be effective only after the Italian marine has filed an ‘unequivocal and unambiguous undertaking’ on his return to India upon the completion of four months.

Latorre and fellow marine Salvatore Girone are facing murder charges in India for allegedly killing two fishermen - Ajesh Binki and Valentine aka Gelastine, natives of Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively - off the Kollam cost on February 15, 2012.

Latorre has moved the court for permission to go back to his country after he suffered a brain stroke-like situation recently and was admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. The Central government had indicated that it would allow Latorre to fly home on medical grounds after he submitted a request to the Supreme Court.

“The application ... is in court, we are not opposing it,” Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had told reporters on September 8. “If the court allows him to go home on humanitarian grounds, we will not oppose it,” she had added.

The apex court had on September 8 sought the Centre’s clear stand on whether it has any ‘serious objection’ on the plea of Latorre to travel to his country for two months for treatment in the wake of brain stroke suffered by him.

It had also exempted Latorre for two weeks from appearing before the Chanakyapuri Police Station once a week as a condition of his bail.

Freddy, the owner of the fishing boat ‘St Antony’, who was injured in firing by the marines had approached the Supreme Court pleading it not to Latorre to leave the country without verifying his medical condition.

Freddy, who is also a complainant in the case, had pleaded before the apex court for constitution of a medical board of AIIMS doctors for medical examination of Latorre.