Enrica Lexie case: Arbitral tribunal upholds conduct of Indian authorities

The Arbitral Tribunal, constituted on request of Italy in respect of dispute concerning incident involving Italian tanker Enrica Lexie and Indian fishing vessel St. Anthony in 2012, has upheld conduct of Indian authorities with relation to the incident.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a virtual briefing that the Tribunal held that actions of Italian military officers breached India’s freedom of navigation. It decided that India is entitled to compensation for loss of life, material damage to property and moral harm suffered by captain and crew of St. Anthony. The Tribunal also held that the parties are invited to consult with each other to reach an agreement on the amount of compensation due to India.

It rejected Italy’s claim to compensation for the detention of the Marines. The Tribunal also decided that it shall retain jurisdiction if either Party or both Parties wish to apply for a ruling from the Arbitral Tribunal in respect of the quantification of compensation due to India. Mr Srivastava has said, India has taken note of the Award and will be in touch with relevant entities on the matter.

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