Italian marines’ murder case in India may go to arbitration


A case in which two Italian marines are accused of killing two Indian fishermen could now be heard before an international court, offering a possible way out of a three-year impasse that has blighted bilateral relations.

The Supreme Court on Monday heard a plea from Italy challenging India’s jurisdiction in the murder case and ordered the Indian government to report back by Aug. 26.

India would participate in arbitration proceedings foreseen under a U.N. convention, a government lawyer told the Supreme Court.

Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been in legal limbo since their arrest by India in connection with the fatal incident off the coast of Kerala in February 2012.

The pair, part of a military team protecting a cargo ship, says they mistook Indian fishermen for pirates and fired warning shots. Two fishermen were killed.


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