Conte hails Hague ruling on Italian marines case

Conte hails Hague ruling on Italian marines case

Premier Giuseppe Conte on Thursday welcomed the ruling by a Hague-based international arbitration court that two Italian marines accused of the fatal 2012 shootings of two fishermen off India should be tried in Italy.

"This seems good news," Conte told reporter near the prime minister's office in Rome.

The two marines, Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre, are accused of shooting dead two unarmed fishermen in Indian waters off Kerala in February 2012 while they were stationed on Italian commercial ship Enrica-Lexie assigned to anti-piracy duties.

In its ruling, the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration court said India must halt its prosecution of the marines. But the court ordered Italy to try them and to pay compensation to India "for loss of life, physical injuries, material damage to the vessel and moral harm suffered by the commander and crew of the fishing vessel."

Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio also hailed Thursday's ruling in the long-running case that has strained relations with India.