The Permanent Court of Arbitration said that Salvatore Girone, one of the Italian marine riflemen accused of killing two Indian fishermen in February 2012, will be able to come back to Italy until the end of its review on the case, the Italian Foreign ministry announced on Monday. Girone and his colleague Massimiliano Latorre were aboard the oil tanker Enrica Lexie, part of a team of soldiers tasked with protecting the ship from pirates. They are accused of shooting two Indian fishermen, that they allegedly mistook for pirates. According to a statement on the website of the Italian ministry, the terms of Girone's return will be soon decided by the authorities of Italy and India.
The note also said that the government "undertook to submit the entire issue to the International Court of Arbitration so that the marines could return home. This ruling appears to pave the way to the achievement of this goal". This is "good news for the two marines, for their families and for the case argued by the Italian government and its legal counsels", the statement went on. The note from the ministry also said that "the Italian government expects India to take a constructive attitude, also in the subsequent phases, including with regard to the jurisdiction of the dispute".