Italy invokes arbitration as India further delays marines’ trial

Jem Newton

Italy has tired of delays in bringing to trial in India two Italian marines accused of firing on and killing two fishermen while guarding an oil tanker against piracy attack.

On 26 June, the Italian foreign ministry announced that it had invoked an international arbitration procedure under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

A statement said the procedure had been invoked at the conclusion of direct negotiations with the Indian authorities and because of an inability to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion to the standoff.

The immediate motive for the Italian decision was an announcement by the Supreme Court in New Delhi that the starting date for their trial, fixed for 7 July, was again being postponed.

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