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'International arbitration' on marines mulled

Issue of where shooting took place key says Mauro

14 February, 11:53
'International arbitration' on marines mulled (see previous).

(ANSA) - Rome, February 14 - The Italian government's task force on two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen two years ago on Friday considered putting the case to international arbitration because of a dispute over where the February 2012 incident took place, Defence Minister Mario Mauro said.

"We explored the hypothesis of (international) arbitration," Mauro told reporters on his way out of the meeting.

The ship from which marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone fired the shots was in international waters, Italy contends.

India invoked a tough anti-piracy law that allows the extension of territorial waters in certain cases.

However, the Indian government is reportedly considering dropping the SUA Act provisions and trying the pair under ordinary penal code.

Latorre and Girone face up to 10 years in jail for allegedly murdering fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki after mistaking their trawler for a pirate ship.

International pressure, from the United Nations, NATO and the European Union, is mounting on India to concede ground to Italy in the case.

fucilieri. La questione delle acque internazionali - ha detto - "apre ad un contenzioso in un contesto internazionale".