AUTHOR: KOUSHIK DAS
The ‘marines row’ between India and Italy intensifies, as Rome has decided to take the case to international arbitration. The major development took place on Friday night, with Italy formally launching international arbitration against India.
The Foreign Ministry made an official announcement in this regard almost three years after Italian marines Salvatore Girone and Massimilano Latorre had been arrested for shooting at two Indian fishermen in 2012.
Italy claims that the shooting took place in international waters and the fishermen were mistaken for pirates. However, India is of the opinion that the incident happened in Indian maritime zone and the case should be heard in an Indian court. As the Indian judicial authorities are taking time to hear the case, Rome has lost its patience and has made the unilateral move.