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May 18, 2012 at 01:16pm IST

Fishermen killings: Italian marines charged with murder

Thiruvananthapuram: The two Italian marines, Salvatore Girone and Latorre Massimillano, accused in the fishermen killings case, were charged with attempt to murder (Section 307) and the offence of committing murder (Section 302) on Friday.

The SIT filed a chargesheet against the guards, Salvatore Girone and Latorre Massimillano, before the Kollam chief judicial magistrate court.

The two had shot dead two fishermen in February this year, allegedly mistaking them for pirates.

Kerala: Italians charged with murder

Earlier in May, Italy reached an out-of-court settlement with the fishermen's families by agreeing to pay them a sum of Rs 1 crore.

They are currently lodged at the Thiruvananthapuram Central Prison. Earlier this month, Italy reached an out-of-court settlement with the families of the dead fishermen by agreeing to pay them a sum of Rs 1 crore.

Meanwhile, Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie was released on May 5.

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