A world tribunal coping with the killing of two Indian fishermen in 2012 by two Italian marines has upheld the conduct of the Indian authorities over the incident, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs mentioned on Thursday.
MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava mentioned the tribunal upheld the conduct of the Indian authorities beneath the provisions of the United Nations Conference on the Regulation of the Sea (UNCLOS).
India had accused the 2 Italian marines on board the MV Enrica Lexie, an Italian flagged oil tanker, of capturing useless two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast on February 15, 2012.
The Arbitral Tribunal was constituted beneath Annex VII of the UNCLOS on June 26, 2015 on the request of Italy over the dispute.
Mr Srivastava mentioned the tribunal held that the actions of the Italian navy officers and, consequently, Italy breached India’s freedom of navigation beneath UNCLOS Article 87(1)(a) and 90.
“The Tribunal noticed that India and Italy had concurrent jurisdiction over the incident and a legitimate authorized foundation to institute legal proceedings towards the marines,” Mr Srivastava mentioned at a web based media briefing.
“The Tribunal rejected Italy’s declare of compensation for the detention of the marines. Nevertheless, it discovered that the immunities loved by the marines as State officers function as an exception to the jurisdiction of the Indian courts and, therefore, preclude them to guage the marines,” he added.