The Supreme Court today closed all criminal cases against two Italian marines who were accused of shooting dead two Indian fishermen off the Kerala cost in 2012.
Saying that Italy should carry out its probe and that India, Italy and Kerala must cooperate, the Supreme Court directed that a compensation of Rs.10 crore must be transferred to the Kerala High Court. The high court, in turn, must distribute the money; Rs. 4 crore each to families of the two victims and Rs. 2 crore to the owner of the boat.
The two Italian marines are accused of killing two unarmed Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala on February 15, 2012. The marines had appealed in the Supreme Court against the Kerala High Court’s decision that they could be prosecuted in Kerala.
In March 2017, the Supreme Court directed India and the marines to place on record the proceedings of the Arbitral Tribunal under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).