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India: Italian marines case: Supreme Court to hear Centre's plea to close cases against the two accused on April 9 April 08,2021   |  Source: The Hindu

The government on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to schedule an urgent hearing of its application to close the criminal trials pending in India against two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen off the coast of Kerala in 2012. A Bench led by Chief Justice Sharad A. Bobde agreed to hear the case on April 9. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, for the government, said the victims’ families have been compensated and the case needs to be disposed off. Eight months ago, the Centre had informed the apex court about its decision to “accept and abide” by an international tribunal’s award that the Marines, Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre, should be tried in their native Italy. The government had explained that India was bound by the award of the arbitral tribunal formed under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The award was “final and without appeal” as India was a party to the UN Convention. In a virtual hearing in August last year, the court had made it clear that it would close the criminal trial of the Marines in India only after the victims’ families were heard and paid a ‘hefty’ compensation. The court had asked the government to negotiate an ‘adequate’ compensation for the slain fishermen’s families with



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