India on Thursday won the case against the two Italian marines who were accused of shooting two Indian fishermen in Kerala in 2012. As per the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, the two Italian marines were found guilty of violating international law and as a result Italy breached India’s freedom of navigation under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The Tribunal said India is entitled to receive compensation from Italy for the loss of life suffered by it. Two Italian marines – Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre – were accused of shooting two Indian fishermen off India’s southern Kerala coast in 2012.
The major bone of contention between India and Italy was on the question of jurisdiction. The Tribunal rejected Italy’s claim to compensation for the detention of the Marines but said the two marines accused of shooting the fishermen enjoy immunities and hence Indian courts can’t judge them.
For India, the Tribunal has decided that it is entitled to payment of compensation in connection with loss of life, physical harm, material damage to property and moral harm suffered by the captain and other crew members of ‘St. Antony’, the Indian vessel.