Kerala court rejects Italian marines' bail plea, remand extended

A local court on Friday rejected the bail application of the two Italian marines of merchant ship Enrica Lexie, who have been charged with shooting dead two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in Febrary, and extended their judicial remand for another 14 days.

The marines, Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone, were brought from the Central Prison in Thiruvananthapuram and produced before the First Class Judicial Magistrate A. K. Goapakumar on expiry of the remand period.

The naval guards were arrested on February 19 and charged with murder of fishermen Valentine Jalastine and Ajesh Binki who took to the sea from Neendakara in Kollam.

The accused were in police custody for the first 14 days and had been lodged in a special cell in the central prison since March 5 after the court remanded them to judicial custody.

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