Enrica Lexie: India Agrees to Send Italian Marine Home

Image Courtesy: Shipspotting

The Indian Supreme Court has made a decision to enforce The Hague Court of Arbitration’s order to free one of the two Italian Navy marines being held in India after they were accused of killing two Indian fishermen in February 2012 while on anti-piracy duty, according to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In late April, The Hague Court of Arbitration granted permission for the return of Sergeant Salvatore Girone to Italy until the arbitration process on the Enrica Lexie case, which began in June 2015, is concluded.

In line with the decision of The Hague Court of Arbitration, Italy and India have cooperated during the last few weeks in order to define the terms and conditions of Girone’s return and permanence in Italy.

The ruling of the court in The Hague has taken into account the legal and humanitarian considerations related to Girone having spent over four years in India, which could have been extended for another two or three years, considering the time required for the arbitration procedure, according to the ministry.

Italy earlier said that this ruling would not affect the continuation of the arbitration procedures, which are expected to define whether the jurisdiction over the Enrica Lexie dispute lies with India or Italy.

Girone and Sergeant Massimiliano Latorre, who temporarily returned to Italy for medical treatment, were part of an Italian marine team hired to protect the Enrica Lexie from pirates.

On February 15, 2012, while the vessel was en route from Sri Lanka to Djibouti, it came across an Indian fishing vessel off the India’s state of Kerala, when the marines allegedly mistook the fishermen for pirates and fired at the vessel, killing the two men.

Following the incident, the Enrica Lexie was ordered to proceed to Kochi port, where the two marines were arrested.

Image Courtesy: Shipspotting

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Sep 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 1

INMEX SMM India 2017

Combining the forces of Maritime industry’s two biggest events, the unified edition of INMEX SMM India brought together the most exclusive…

read more >

LIQUEFACTION OF BULK CARGOES SEMINAR

GET TO GRIPS WITH:
– Mechanisms behind liquefaction
– Guidelines and regulations for bulk cargoes prone to liquefaction…

read more >

Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East

The largest event for offshore marine and workboat sectors in the region, Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East will, once again, serve as a meeting point for international industry professionals to come together and do business. Our 2017 show promises a wealth of networking opportunities, high-level discussions in our conferences on important industry trends, […]

read more >

The Future-Ready Shipping Conference 2017

The Future-Ready Shipping Conference 2017 – the joint Singapore-IMO International Conference on Maritime Technology Transfer and Capacity-Building…

read more >