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SC grants 3 months extn to Italian Marine in his country

The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted three months extension to Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre, accused of killing Indian fishermen in 2012, to stay in his country on medical grounds.

A bench headed by Justice A R Dave allowed the plea of the Marine, who had recently undergone heart surgery in Italy after the Centre said there was no objection to allow his plea on humanitarian ground. The bench also comprising justices Kurian Joseph and Shiva Kirti Singh permitted a plea of the Marine after Italian ambassador gave an identical undertaking which was given by him on September 12, 2014, when Latorre was allowed to go to his country last year for four months for medical treatment after he suffered a stroke here on August 31.

Additional Solicitor General PL Narasimha told the bench that he has an instruction that the Marine be considered for his plea provided the Italian ambassador furnish the identical undertaking.

Senior advocate Soli Sorabji, appearing for the Marine, said that the ambassador is ready with the undertaking on the same terms and conditions.
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