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Fishermen kin withdraw affidavits against Italian marines

The Kerala High Court today permitted legal heirs of two fishermen shot dead by two Italian marines on board 'Enrica Lexie' to withdraw the affidavits and submissions made by them against Italy's plea to quash the FIR registered against the marines. 

Justice P S Gopinathan allowed a petition filed by counsel for families of the deceased fishermen, stating they are not going ahead with their pleadings and submissions in view of the compensation of Rs 1 crore each arrived at with Italian authorities. 
 
 

Italian marines, Salvatore Girone (left) and Latore Massimiliano  (File photo)

Doramma, wife of one of the killed fishermen Valentine and sisters of Ajesh Binki, the other fishermen killed had filed the petitions. 
 
The Italian authorities handed over two demand drafts of Rs.1 crore each to the Lok Adalat, which will be given to the bereaved families of the two fishermen.
 
The families of the two fishermen agreed to withdraw all the cases filed in the high court and a court in Kollam, but the criminal case will stands, according to law.
 
The two fishermen were killed when the marines allegedly fired at their boat off Kollam coast. 
 
They have been arrested and charged with murder and remanded in the central prison at Thiruvananthapuram since February 19. The ship has been anchored off Kochi coast for the past two months.

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