‘Marò’ to Remain in Custody

The two Italian soldiers under investigation by Indian authorities for the death of two Indian fishermen will remain in police custody until March 5 a magistrate ordered today in Kollam.

Thus, at least for the time being, the two military will avoid imprisonment.

Today is a critical one for the two military arrested following the death of two fishermen on February 15 as the judges in Kerala, where the incident occurred, will decide on two important questions:

  1. jurisdiction, will the process be held in India or Italy; and
  2. ballistic tests, if, after having assisted in the seizure of the weapons on and the affixing of seals, Italian technicians can assist in the continuation of the forensic examinations.

The police investigation is also considering whether to place Umberto Vitelli, the captain of the Enrica Lexie, under investigation. The tanker is still anchored off Kochi, blocked by Indian police, and can only leave India if the payment of a security bond is paid.

Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper has a full report: I marò evitano il carcere

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