Cen­tre moves SC, seeks clo­sure of Italy Marines’ case

The Asian Age - - Nation - PARMOD KU­MAR

In­dia on Fri­day told the Supreme Court that it “ac­cepts and abides” by the In­ter­na­tional Tri­bunal on Law of the Sea (ITLOS) award hold­ing that two Ital­ian marines ac­cused of killing two In­dian fish­er­men off a Ker­ala coast will face trial in Italy, as it sought the dis­posal of the mat­ters re­lat­ing to the case be­fore the top court.

ITLOS by its May 21, 2020, award had said that two Ital­ian marines — Chief Mas­ter Sergeant Mas­si­m­il­iano La­torre and Sergeant Ma­jor Sal­va­tore Girone, ac­cused of al­legedly killing two In­dian fish­er­men will face trial in Italy.

Both La­torre and Girone are ac­cused of killing two fish­er­men in Fe­bru­ary 15, 2012 off a Ker­ala coast, al­legedly mis­tak­ing them as sea pi­rates.

Leav­ing noth­ing to am­bi­gu­ity that mat­ter stands closed, the ap­pli­ca­tion moved by the Cen­tre on Fri­day said, “The Repub­lic of In­dia has taken a de­ci­sion to ac­cept and abide by the Award passed by the said tri­bunal which would have the bear­ing on the con­tin­u­ance of present pro­ceed­ings” be­fore the Supreme

Court.

The Cen­tre urged the top court to dis­pose of the mat­ter in­volv­ing Ital­ian marines — Chief Mas­ter Sergeant Mas­si­m­il­iano La­torre and Sergeant Ma­jor Sal­va­tore Girone — in the light of May 21, 2020, ITLOS award,

The Cen­tre added, “In­dia be­ing a party to the UNCLOS, in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the United Na­tion Con­ven­tion on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS) and the Rules of Pro­ce­dure agreed by the Par­ties, the Award is fi­nal and with­out ap­peal and shall be com­plied with by the par­ties to the dis­pute...”

The Cen­tre has filed the ap­pli­ca­tion in pur­suance to March 6, 2017, top court di­rect­ing the Cen­tre to place on record the Award (then to be) passed by the Ar­bi­tral Tri­bunal con­sti­tuted un­der UNCLOS.

As the mat­ter had trav­elled to ITLOS on the ini­tia­tive of the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment, the top court by its Au­gust 26, 2015, or­der had stayed all the pro­ceed­ings pend­ing be­fore it.

◗ THE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Tri­bunal on Law of the Sea has said that 2 Ital­ian marines, ac­cused of al­legedly killing two In­dian fish­er­men, will face trial in Italy

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