Italian Marines Case: Italy now wants international arbitration

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The Italian government has now decided to enter into international arbitration with India over the case of two Italian marines accused in the 2012 shooting of two Indian fishermen. The Italian foreign ministry on Friday stated that the decision was taken after three years of negotiations with India and the “impossibility of arriving at a solution to the controversy”.

The two marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, are accused of killing the two fishermen while on an anti-piracy assignment aboard an Italian cargo ship off India’s southwestern coast. Italy strongly maintains that the shooting occurred in international waters, that the fishermen were mistaken for pirates and therefore the case should be heard in an Italian court.

Latorre was allowed to stay in Italy till July 15 by the Supreme Court of India on medical grounds. In April, the court had permitted an extension of Latorre’s stay in his native country to enable him to undergo intensive rehabilitation therapy in his home environment to help him recover from a brain stroke. The court had also said it was high time the marines faced the trial for homicide and get over with it “one way or another”.

The trial at a special court in Delhi is stuck over the issue of whether the investigation conducted in the case by the National Investigation Agency was valid or not. The question pertaining to NIA’s jurisdiction was also pending before the Supreme Court.

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  1. NOT AT ALL MY WILD IMAGINATION :- MAURITIUS IS ONE OF THE TAX HAVEN COUNTRIES OF INDIA …………….
    LIKE WISE I THINK INDIA IS THE “CRIMINAL HAVEN COUNTRY” FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD AS TRADITIONALLY THE GOVERNMENTS OF INDIA ARE MOSTLY BEING RUN BY THE CORRUPTS, VERY “PASSIONATE” IN INDULGING CRIMINALISATION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. If Italy maintains, as stated in this article, that the fishermen were killed because exchanged for pirates is utter nonsense! The Marines have NEVER said to have mistaken the St Anthony boat for pirates or to have killed the fishermen because the incident with the REAL pirates occurred at 16.30 in broad day-light, and as the skipper of the St Anthony declared to all the world when he brought in the dead bodies at 2300 hours that they had been attacked at about 2130… at any rate IT WAS NIGHT! he said when the fishermen were hit. Again Indian Press spreading lies!

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