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    » 05/24/2012, 00.00


    Kerala, Italian Marines to leave prison "soon

    Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone to be transferred to the Borstal School, Kochi, a former reform school. The Kerala Government decision follows "suggestion" by Indian Supreme Court, which in April agreed to the request of Italian authorities to move the military into a structure appropriate to their status.

    Kochi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Italian Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone will be transferred soon (maybe tomorrow) from prison to a former reform institution, the Borstal School, Trivandrum, Kochi. Indian broadcaster NDTV reports that the Kerala Government made ​​the decision in line with the suggestion from the Supreme Court on May 9 last. The highest Indian court had ordered the transfer of the military to an alternative to prison, according to their status. The site selected by Kerala has been approved by the Italian defence ministry.

    Today, the Marines are due to appear again before the court in Kollam, to submit an application for bail, which was rejected in the past days.

    The marines are the only suspects in the death of two Indian fishermen, on 15 February off the coast of Kerala. Detained in a guest house on from February 19, on 5 March they were placed under judicial custody in Poojappura prison (Trivandrum). At the time of the accident, the Marines were on board the Italian tanker Enrica Lexie as security guards, and mistook the Indian vessel for pirates.


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    20/04/2012 INDIA - ITALY
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    Kerala, Christian lawyer: Let justice take its course in marines' case. We are a democratic country
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