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India should send Marine to Italy, U.N. arbitration court rules (analysed from the Hindu) (relevant for GS paper II, Topic: International Relations)

U.N. arbitration court ruled that the lone Italian marine, Salvatore Girone, facing a murder charge in India could return home soon in the wake of a decision of an international tribunal at The Hague.

The verdict is the first big pronouncement of the PCA (Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague), after Italy approached it in June 2015.

Background:

Two Italian marines , Massimiliano Latorre and Mr. Girone are facing the charge of murdering two Indian fishermen in 2012 off the Kerala coast. The fishermen were killed when the marines on duty aboard MV Enrica Lexie, an Italian-flagged oil tanker, fired at them.

Mr. Latorre is back in Italy after a stroke in 2014 while Mr. Girone is staying at the Italian embassy in India.

Ruling of UN Tribunal:

The UN court upheld the authority of the Supreme Court of India and left  it to the Supreme Court of India to fix the precise conditions of Sergeant Girone’s bail. This could include him reporting to an authority in Italy designated by our Supreme Court, surrendering his passport to Italian authorities and not leaving Italy without the permission of our Supreme Court. Italy shall apprise our Supreme Court of his situation every three months.



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