Rome,Dec 14: Italy has summoned India's ambassador to insist that India's Supreme Court issue a decision soon concerning two Italian naval guards detained since February for the deaths of two Indian fishermen mistaken for pirates.
Italy maintains the shooting occurred in international waters and that as a result, Romeshould have jurisdiction. India claims the ship was in Indian territorial waters. The Supreme Court is to decide on Italy's petition to try the sailors at home.
In a statement on Thursday, the foreign ministry said it was “profoundly bewildered” why the court hasn't ruled even though arguments ended three months ago. It asked for a decision before Christmas.
The sailors were providing security on a cargo ship when they allegedly shot the fishermen. The dispute has strained diplomatic relations.