'Italian ship Enrica Lexie cannot be allowed to leave'

The Kerala government told the Kerala High Court on Thursday that the Italian vessel Enrica Lexie, berthed off the coast, should not be allowed to leave as the investigation into two Italian marines shooting dead two Indian fishermen was on.

The Italian marines, Latorre Massimillano and Salvatore Girone, have been charged with shooting dead Ajesh Binki, 25, and Gelastine, 45, on Feb 15 mistaking them to be pirates.

The two marines were arrested Feb 20. Since last Monday they are lodged at the Central Prison in the state capital.

Counsel for the state was appearing in the case where the Italians have urged quashing of the FIR against them accusing them of shooting dead the two fishermen.

They told the court that the investigation is still on and hence the ship should not be allowed to sail as it would hinder the investigation.

The Kerala Police had seized the weapons that was used for shooting the fishermen and the ballistic investigations is also going in the state capital.

The court posted the case for further hearing for March 21.

A high level delegation comprising of Deputy Italian Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura after a long stay in the state capital, left for Delhi on Wednesday.

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