Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
NEW DELHI

India supreme court sends Italy marine case to new tribunal

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New Delhi, January 18 - The Indian supreme court on
Friday decided to refer the case of two Italian anti-piracy
marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen to a special
tribunal to be set up in New Delhi to assess jurisdiction.
Lawyers for the pair, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore
Girone, said they were "very satisfied" with the verdict because
it took the case out of the hands of the southern state of
Kerala, off which the incident took place in February.
Italian diplomats, who had been waiting for the verdict
since September, said "India has finally decided to clear up
this affair".
The marines will be transferred from Kerala capital Kochi
to New Delhi later Friday.
The pair, who recently came back from a Christmas break in
Italy, have been at the centre of a dispute over jurisdiction
since they allegedly shot fishermen Jelestine Valentine and
Ajesh Binki from oil tanker Enrica Lexie, mistaking them for
pirates.
The supreme court ruled Friday that the incident took place
in international waters, as Italy has contended, but the marines
did not have "sovereign immunity" and their case should still be
examined in India.
The marines were released from detention on bail in June,
but were confined to Indian territory until they were granted
the two-week holiday permit.
They will now be free to travel wherever they want in
India, the supreme court said.

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