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Italian marines case: India govt to accept international arbitration tribunal order July 05,2020   |  Source: ET

The central government of India has conveyed to the Supreme Court its decision to accept the international arbitration tribunal award, which ruled that Italy, not India, would try the Italian marines involved in the Enrica Lexie case. New Delhi could seek compensation for the deaths of the fishermen who were killed in the incident off the Kerala coast.

The two Italian marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvadore Girone, had opened fire on an Indian fishing boat killing two crew members.

The case had become a major bone of contention between the two countries with India insisting that it could try them as the incident occurred in its territorial waters. Italy contested this on the ground that the ship flew an Italian flag and hence the crew would be tried under the Italian law.

The top court had later allowed both marines to leave the country for Italy while the jurisdiction issue was sorted out. Italy took the issue to an international tribunal constituted under the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas in Hague, Netherlands, after the court stayed the proceedings in the case on Aug 26, 2015. The tribunal ruled on May 21, 2020, that Italy would try the marines but India could seek compensation for the deaths of the fishermen. In a fresh application filed in court on

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