Italian oil tanker 'Enrica Lexie,' detained off Kerala coast since February 15 after its Marines shot dead two Indian fishermen, Saturday sailed off from Kochi for Colombo.
After execution of a 30 million-rupee bond and completion of other formalities, the ship was allowed to leave Kochi where it was berthed for 80 days, coastal police sources said.
Pio Shiano, Managing Director of Dolphin Tankers Ltd, the ship owner, executed the bond and agreed to present the vessel and its crew as and when demanded by Indian authorities.
Two marines from the vessel Lattore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone, who had allegedly shot dead the two Kerala fishermen, are charged with murder and in Trivandrum Central prison.
On a petition by Italy and the ship's owner, the Supreme Court had on May 2 allowed the release of the vessel after directing them to execute the 30 million-rupee bond and undertake to present its crew as and when required by the Indian authorities.
Italy had maintained that Kerala government had no locus standii to register any criminal case as the alleged offence ought to be treated under international law and covenants as India is a signatory to the UN Charter.
India: Both are against a committee constituted by the government to decide the issue..