Salvatore Girone will be in Italy during the arbitration. This is the decision of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. It has been expressed in an ordinance whose contents will be divulged in the next few hours. The news, anticipated by ANSA, was confirmed by a declaration of the Italian Foreign Ministry. “In regard to what was reported by ANSA – the statement reads – the foreign ministry informs that the arbitral tribunal located in The Hague has anticipated today its decision to allow the Marine Rifleman Salvatore Girone to return to Italy until the end of the arbitration proceedings (opened by the Government on June 26, 2015). The conditions of his return will be agreed by Italy and India”. The government, the statement goes on, “has worked hard to submit the whole question to international arbitration and bring the two Marine Riflemen back home in this framework. The announced order paves the way for this result. It is good news for the two Riflemen, their families, and for the causes of the Italian lawyers and Government. The latter counts on India’s constructive approach also in the following stages and in relation to the matter of the dispute”.
The decision of the Court of The Hague, the note goes on, takes into account the legal and humanitarian considerations “arising from Girone’s stay in India for over four years, which might have continued for two or three more years, considering the expected duration of the arbitration proceedings. The Government will immediately start consultations with India in order to define and fix the conditions for the decision of the arbitral tribunal to enter into force. The Government points out that today’s decision of the ICC with regard to the measures requested by Italy in favor of Sergeant Girone do not affect the persistence of the arbitration proceedings, which will have to establish whether the Enrica Lexie case falls under the jurisdiction of Italy or that of India.”