Italy challenges US to take responsibility for Iraq shooting of Italian agent Melissa Bancroft at 4:29 PM ET
[JURIST] Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alemo [official website, in Italian] criticized the US Saturday for failing to claim responsibility for the March 2005 shooting of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The minister's comments called for the US government's intervention in bringing the US soldier accused of the shooting to trial.
Last week, an Italian judge ordered [JURIST report] New York Army National Guard [official website] soldier Mario Lozano [Wikipedia profile] to stand trial on charges of voluntary homicide in connection with the death of Calipari. Calipari was shot to death [JURIST report] while driving to the Baghdad airport after securing the release of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena [Wikipedia profile] from Iraqi kidnappers. A second Italian agent, Andrea Carpani, was also wounded when US soldiers mistook the car as insurgents speeding through a security checkpoint. Reuters has more.
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