ROME (AP) — An international tribunal in The Hague has decided that an Italian marine being held in India in the shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen mistaken for pirates can return home for the duration of arbitration, the Italian foreign ministry said Monday.
Latorre has been in Italy since 2014 for medical treatment following a stroke suffered while detained in India. The Italian government had insisted that Girone also be allowed to return to Italy, for the length of the arbitration process, which could take years.
Italy contends the incident occurred in international waters. It disputes India’s claim to jurisdiction, insisting the case should be handled by the Italians. The Hague tribunal has been asked to rule on the jurisdiction dispute.
“The conditions of (Girone’s) return will be agreed upon by Italy and India,” Italy’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
In the evening, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni expressed satisfaction.
“Today’s decision makes me think we did well to choose an international judge,” Gentiloni added. He said that when the arbitration ruling finally comes, “I’m convinced we will be proven to have been in the right.”
Earlier, the Italian foreign ministry said in its statement: “The government is counting on a constructive attitude by India.”
Earlier in the dispute, the two marines were allowed to return home to see their families on holiday, but then were sent back to India under the terms of that arrangement.