The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially announced that the two Italian marines arrested by India in connection with the murder of some fishermen in the Indian Ocean will not return to the Asiatic country after being allowed to go back to Italy to vote.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, between Italy and India there is now a full-fledged international dispute to be decided by international judges or arbitrators; therefore, the rulings of Indian Courts are no more binding for Italy.
The decision was transmitted to the Government in New Delhi by the Italian Ambassador. The reception was predictably very bad, with the Italian stance labeled as ‘unacceptable’ by the Indian Government.
Italy, busy watching her own political mess, did not praise nor criticize the decision taken by the technocratic Government still in charge.
However, it is far from certain whether an embattled country can afford such a dispute with an emerging Power like India.
Italy does not accept the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the main international Court operating under the UN system. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hinted that the dispute could be settled by international arbitration.
India had just frozen some military procurement contracts signed with Italy due to a bribery scandal in the European country.