Maritime court to hear Italy-India shooting dispute

A Germany-based international tribunal said Monday it would open hearings next month on a deadly 2012 maritime incident that sparked a diplomatic dispute between Italy and India.

Two Italian marines serving aboard an oil tanker as part of an anti-piracy mission allegedly fired the shots that killed two Indian fishermen on a boat off India’s southern Kerala state.

The Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea said its president, Judge Vladimir Golitsyn, would on August 10 open a public hearing expected to last two days.

India detained the two marines days after the February 2012 shootings and a trial in its courts is pending.

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