The Supreme Court of New Delhi gives its aprovement: Massimiliano Latorre will stay in Italy until the end of the Hague International arbitration on the diplomatic case concerning the two Italian Marines, on the same conditions of his colleague Salvatore Girone.
The Italian Foreign Ministry is satisfied with the result
The Italian Foreign Ministry has welcomed this decision. “It is an important step – reads the official statement of the foreign ministry – that recognizes the efforts undertaken by the Italian Governmen, which resorted to international arbitration to assert the reasons of its riflemen. India has applied to Latorre the same judgment that was announced on 29 April by the arbitral tribunal in The Hague with respect to the Italian Rifleman Salvatore Girone. With identical commitment, Italy will face the next steps in the arbitration proceedings, which can focus now on the Enrica Lexie case.
Latorre has been in Italy for two years, ever since the Indian Supreme Court had granted him repatriation for medical treatment after suffering a stroke in New Delhi in August 2014. So far, he has always obtained successive extensions (the last one would have expired on 30 September). His lawyers asked the judge in New Delhi to allow him to stay in Italy while waiting for the international tribunal to decide which country, Italy or India, will have the jurisdiction over the case: exactly as it happened in the case of his colleague, Girone.
The two Italian marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 off the coast of Kerala, are both in Italy at present, with their families and children, where they are waiting for the decision of the judges of the International Tribunal. But their odyssey, winding and treacherous, has brought Rome and New Delhi to the brink of a diplomatic crisis and has been going on for four and a half years now.