Intl Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has ruled that India has no jurisdiction

Rome : India’s jurisdiction over two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 during an anti-piracy mission is “suspended”, the Italian government said on Tuesday. “Italy considers India’s jurisdiction over the case to be suspended and therefore legally overridden,” the Italian foreign ministry said in a statement.

The statement came after India’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that one of the marines, Massimiliano Latorre, could stay in Italy until September 30 for medical treatment. Italy took the case to international arbitration last June and the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruled in August that India had no jurisdiction in the case, referring it to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Latorre has been in Italy for the past 18 months, where he had heart surgery after suffering a stroke.

Italy said on Tuesday it has also requested that the second marine, Salvatore Girone, return to Italy and stay in his homeland until the arbitration verdict in the case, which is expected in August 2018.

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