Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

India Supreme Court puts off Italy marines jurisdiction case


(ANSA) - New Delhi, July 19 - The Indian Supreme Court on
Thursday postponed by three weeks the start of an examination
into the jurisdiction of trying two Italian anti-pirate marines
accused of killing two Indian fishermen by mistake in February.
The hearing is scheduled to commence August 8 once the
local and national government have presented reports on the
legality of trying the marines in India, as the shooting took
place aboard an Italian vessel in international waters.
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been at the
centre of a diplomatic row between Italy and India since being
detained in February after an incident that took place while
they were guarding the Enrica Lexie tanker.
Indian police have filed charges that included homicide.
The marines are accused of killing fishermen Jelestine
Valentine and Ajesh Binki after mistaking them for pirates.
Latorre and Girone were granted bail last month ahead of an
regional court hearing July 25.
On Thursday their defence team requested to suspend the
murder trial in a regional court in southern India as it waits
for the supreme court's decision on jurisdiction.
Italy claims that it should have jurisdiction, not India,
as the incident took place aboard an Italian vessel in
international waters.
The Italian government also believes that, regardless of
who has jurisdiction, the marines should be exempt from
prosecution in India as they were military personnel working on
an anti-piracy mission.

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