Girone can return to the country. Indian Supreme Court ruling

Gironeéé@Ita16(B2) Good news. India's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday (May 26) to allow the last Maro (Marine) held in India, Salvatore Girone, to return to Italy.

  • However, he remains accused – like his college Maximilian Latorre – to have killed (accidentally) in February 2012 two Indian fishermen, taking them for pirates, while they were embarked on the Italian ship MT Enrica Lexie

Satisfaction in Rome

For the Italians, this decision is a " great satisfaction "as successively affirmed on twitter the Italian Chief of Staff, General Claudio Graziano, and the Minister of Defence, Roberta Pinotti. « I got it on the phone. Nwe are happy and satisfied ».

A return that is not without conditions

Lhe court asked the Italian ambassador to India to make a commitment that Girone would return to India for his trial, " When the time comes ", as indicated by the Times Of India. The Court also ordered the person concerned not to attempt to influence witnesses » and not « not destroy evidence" when he returned to Italy.  NB: The other marine, also charged, Massimiliano Latorre, had been authorized to return to his country for health reasons until the end of April. Authorization then extended on April 13 until September 30.

Not the end of the matter

This release is not, however, the epilogue of this story that has poisoned relations between Rome and New Delhi since 2012.. A procedure international arbitration was initiated on June 26, 2015, at the Court of the Law of the Sea in Hamburg. The international tribunal must now decide whether India or Italy has jurisdiction to judge this case. From the outset, the dispute focused on the actual location of the incident. He had already ordered, last August, in a provisional measure pronounced by ordinance, to suspend all the legal proceedings initiated (1).

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

(1) download theorder of August 24, 2015

updated May 29 with the sailor's return photos

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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