UN Court reportedly makes a breakthrough decision in four-years old case!
It has been reported that a UN Court has ruled out that Italy should ask the Indian Supreme court to grant bail to an Italian marine, who has been detained in Delhi for more than four years. According to NDTV reports, sources in the Indian government said that Italy is misrepresenting the UN’s court verdict to make it seem as if it has ordered the Salvatore Girone.
What really happened in 2012 with Italian marines?
In 2012, Indian government arrested two Italian marines after a pair of fishermen were shot dead. On the contrary on which, Italy says the marines, who were escorting an oil tanker, mistook the Kerala fisherman for pirates.
While one of the pair returned to Italy with health problems, India refused to allow Girone to leave the country. He is living at Italy’s embassy in Delhi.
Has the case soured relations between two countries?
Both the countries, India and Italy agreed last year to move the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and abide by its decisions, but now it seems like the case has soured the relations between two countries.
The detention of the marines, the charges of murder and the long wait for the case to be resolved are sore subjects in Italy, with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi regularly flayed by opposition leaders for failing to get both men back home. On the other hand, India argues that the case is not any marytime dispute but “a double murder case” at sea, in which one fisherman was shot in the head and the other in the stomach.
(With inputs NDTV)