Iraq war: Italy wants US soldier for murdering Nicola Calipari and nearly murdering Giuliana Sgrena

Giuliana Sgrena on front page of Italioan daily La Republicca

Associated Press reports:


ROME Jun 19, 2006 β€” Prosecutors have requested the indictment of a U.S. soldier over the shooting of an Italian intelligence agent at a checkpoint in Iraq last year, a prosecutor said Monday.

Authorities were seeking the indictment on charges of murder and attempted murder, the official said on condition of anonymity because of a new law allowing only the chief prosecutor to speak to the media.

Prosecutor Erminio Amelio previously has identified the U.S. soldier as Mario Lozano.

Local newspapers have reported that Lozano is from New York. …

The death of Nicola Calipari by U.S. gunfire strained relations between Italy and the United States, and there was widespread political support in Italy for an investigation.

The agent was heading by car to Baghdad airport on March 4, 2005, shortly after securing the release of an Italian journalist who had been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital when he was shot at the checkpoint.

Another agent, who was driving the car, and the journalist, Giuliana Sgrena, were wounded.

Italy and the United States issued separate reports on the incident, after failing to agree on a shared version of events.

Talking about Iraq today (from ABC news in the USA; not available at the ABC site anymore):

The U.S. Army has charged three soldiers in connection with the deaths of three Iraqis who were in military custody in northern Iraq last month, the military said Monday.

The Multinational Corps-Iraq said three members of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division have been charged in connection with the deaths of three male detainees during an operation near Thar Thar Canal in northern Salahuddin province on May 9.

“A noncommissioned officer and two soldiers each have been charged with violating several articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, communicating a threat, and obstructing justice,” an announcement said.

See also here.

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