India wins Italian Marines case at international tribunal, MEA says entitled to compensation

India wins Italian Marines case at international tribunal, MEA says entitled to compensation

India has won its case against the two Italian marines who were accused of shooting down Indian fishermen in Kerala in 2012. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said India has won the Italian marines case at the international tribunal.

The marines were in violation but enjoy immunity. Actions of the Italian military breached India's right and India is entitled to compensation for loss of life, it said.

The Italian Marines cases was being heard at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague. The final hearing in the case was heard last year in July.

The Italian Marine case involves two Italian marines--Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre-who were accused of shooting two Indian fishermen off India's southern Kerala coast in 2012.

The major bone of contention between India and Italy was on the question of jurisdiction. While India argued that it had jurisdiction over the case as the fishermen killed were Indian, and hence the case must be tried as per Indian laws.

Meanwhile, on the other hand, Italy had argued that the shooting took place outside Indian territorial waters (a claim challenged by India) and its marines were on-board a ship with an Italian flag. Hence, Italy argued, it enjoys the jurisdiction.

The Italian contention was also that they were in international waters and acted to protect an Italian oil tanker as part of an anti-piracy mission.