SC extends marine Latorre’s stay in Italy by six months on medical grounds


The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre to stay in his country for six more months on medical grounds. The Centre stayed unopposed to the ruling.

Latorre is one of the two Italian marines facing murder charges in the fishermen killing case.

The SC also issued a notice to the central government on a plea by Italy seeking international arbitration in the case. However, the Centre has so far not paid much heed to the international agencies on this matter since the country’s reputation is at stake, a source told

There are some written conventions and the Centre is not keen on listening much to international welfare agencies in this regard, the source said.

On April 9, SC had allowed Latorre to stay in Italy till July 15 on health grounds, while ordering that the trial should be completed soon. Latorre had undergone heart surgery in January this year and requested the court to let him go because he had developed more medical complications.

A similar leniency had been made for Latorre last year, when on September 12, he was allowed to go to his country for four months for medical treatment following suffering a stroke in India on August 31.