Rome prosecutors Monday called for US marine Mario Lozano to be tried
for the shooting of Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari in Baghdad,
the Italian news agency Ansa reported.
Calipari, 51, was shot dead at a US roadblock in March 2005 while he
was accompanying Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena following her release by
Ansa said Rome prosecutor Giovanni Ferrara and three magistrates had signed
the request for Lozano to be put on trial, which will be considered by a judge.
An initial hearing could be lined up within days, the report said, though Lozano
himself is almost certain to be absent.
Ansa said the action was being taken under Italian legislation allowing for
the prosecution of offences committed abroad and considered prejudicial to the
political interests of the state.
Calipari's death, which enraged Italian public opinion, the US authorities
and the then Italian administration of Silvio Berlusconi set up a joint investigation,
but the two sides failed to agree in their conclusions.
The United States said its troops obeyed procedures, that the car in Calipari
and Sgrena were travelling was going too fast, and that Rome had never told
the US military of the operation to free the journalist of the left-wing daily
Rome for its part said inexperienced troops manning the roadblock had panicked
when the car approached.
Washington failed to respond to a request from Italian prosecutors for the
names of the soldiers involved, but Lozano was identified thanks to a blunder
by the US military.
A report on the incident was released on the Internet but with the names and
other details blacked out. However journalists discovered that copying it into
another software program brought up the censored material.
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