On Tuesday, the Supreme Court closed all the proceedings in India against two Italian marines, who have been accused of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012.

The bench headed by Justices Indira Banerjee and M.R. Shah quashed the FIR and proceedings emanating from the case against the two Italian marines. It added that as per the international arbitral award accepted by India, the Republic of Italy shall resume further investigation in the case.

The court announced that out of Rs. 10 crores, Rs. 4 crore each shall be deposited in the name of heirs of two deceased Kerala fishermen, and two crores shall be given to the owner of the boat.

Last week, the apex court had agreed to close all proceedings in India against the Italian marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, after being informed that compensation of Rs. 10 crores for the families of the victims have been deposited in the registry of the top court. On Friday, the bench had mentioned that it was of the view that the compensation money should be transferred to the Kerala high court so that disbursement could be properly monitored.

In February 2012, India had accused the two marines on board the MV Enrica Lexie – an Italian flagged oil tanker – of killing two Indian fishermen who were on a fishing vessel in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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