India wins the case of Italian Marines in an international tribunal, MEA claims it has the right to compensation.
India won its case Thursday against the two Italian marines accused of having shot down two Indian fishermen in Kerala in 2012. The case had been tried at The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration. In a statement at the foreign tribunal, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said India has secured the case of the Italian marines. According to the decision of the Tribunal, the two Italian marines were held in breach of international law, and therefore Italy infringed India's freedom of navigation under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ( UNCLOS). The Tribunal said India has the right to receive compensation from Italy for the loss of life it has suffered. The cases of the Italian Marines were heard at the Permanent Arbitration Court (PCA) in The Hague. The last trial in the case was held in July last year. The Arbitral Tribunal was established on 26 June 2015 under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This was based on Italy's request regarding the conflict over the 15 February 2012 shooting incident between Italian tanker 'Enrica Lexie' and Indian fishing vessel 'St. Antony 'has handed down his prize. WHAT IS THE ITALIAN MARINE CASE This case concerns two Italian marines — Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre — accused of killing two Indian fishermen off India's southern coast of Kerala in 2012. The big bone of contention between India and Italy has been on the jurisdiction issue. Although India argued that it had jurisdiction over the case because the fishers killed were Indian, the case must therefore be prosecuted according to Indian law. Whereas, on the other hand, Italy had claimed that the shooting took place beyond Indian territorial waters (a argument disputed by India) and that its marines were on board an Italian-flagged ship. Thus, claimed Italy, it enjoys the authority. The Italian contention was also that they were in international waters and acted to protect an Italian oil tanker as part of an anti-piracy mission.