Italy pleaded with an international arbitration
court to end the criminal prosecution of the two Italian marines accused of the
killing two Indian fishermen fishing off the Kerala Coast in Indian territorial
waters seven years ago under Indian law, an incident that led to soaring of
relations between the two countries
were innocent, Italian rep argued
The Italian representative who appeared on behalf
of the Marines in the Netherland based Court argued that the marines were
innocent and that any case involving them should be tried in Italian court of
Law since the case involves active duty servicemen of their country. But India
continues to disregard their contention about the innocence of the Marines.
Referring to the inordinate delay in the
completing the prosecution against the two Italian marines in the Indian Court
of law, the Italian counsel told the court that by the time the arbitration is
completed they will have been subject to deprivation of liberty without any
lawful charges for nearly eight years.
killed in international waters known for pirate activity
He also alleged that the Indian fishermen who
were shot and killed in international waters off India which is known for
pirate activity. He also claimed that warning shots were fired in the air by
the Marines to deter the boat that was on a collision course with the Oil
tanker. Marines were positioned to safeguard the tanker.
boat was in India’s exclusive economic zone, Indian counsel
The Indian counsel, who appeared for the deceased
fishermen, however strongly refuted Italy’s contention that the incident took
place in the international waters. The fishing boat he said was operating in
the India’s exclusive economic zone. He also disputed the Italy’s claim that
warning shots were fired before they attacked the fishermen.
The counsel dismissed Italy’s claim for
jurisdiction to try the marines and said they should be tried in Indian courts
under Indian law since the incident took place in Indian waters. The arguments