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
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
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.