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Italy ends probe into US shooting of agent in Iraq, no decision on charges yet

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors finished an investigation on Wednesday into the 2005 killing of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari by a US soldier, but have not yet decided if they will charge US Army Specialist Mario Lozano [Wikipedia backgrounder] with murder. Calipari was shot to death while driving to the Baghdad airport after securing the release of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena from Iraqi kidnappers. A second Italian agent, Andrea Carpani, was also wounded in the shooting by US soldiers that perceived the car as insurgents speeding through a security checkpoint. Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema [official website, in Italian; Wikipedia profile] will talk about the shooting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] in a Washington meeting on Friday.

Italian news agencies reported in January that prosecutors intended to charge [JURIST report] Lozano with murder after the investigation. US and Italian officials have failed to agree [JURIST report] on details surrounding Calipari's death. A US investigation [JURIST report] into the incident cleared US soldiers of any wrongdoing but an Italian probe [JURIST report], while also concluding that the killing was accidental, found that there were serious miscommunications among US officials in Iraq, and confusion about the rules of engagement for checkpoints. AP has more. From Italy, AGI has local coverage.

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