India disputes Italy's claim on marine's release

India disputes Italy's claim on marine's release

An international arbitration tribunal has asked New Delhi and Rome to approach India’s Supreme Court to allow an Italian Navy sergeant who is accused of killing two fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012 to go home.

The tribunal, however, made it clear that marine Salvatore Girone would “remain under India’s authority alone” even if he was allowed to stay in Italy. The Supreme Court of India would continue to have “jurisdiction over him” till the dispute over the case was finally settled by the tribunal, it said.
 
Rome on Monday claimed that the tribunal had asked India to allow Girone to return to Italy. Sources in New Delhi, however, said that Rome was misinterpreting the order of the tribunal, which asked the Government of India to approach the Supreme Court to relax Girone’s bail conditions to allow him to return to Italy.

The order of The Hague based tribunal will be officially made public on Tuesday.

Sources in New Delhi, however, said that the possible return of Girone to Italy remained strictly conditional on Italian government guaranteeing his availability before a court of India, if required. Girone is on bail and is staying at the Embassy of Italy in New Delhi.

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