Italy prosecutors seek indictment of US soldier for shooting agent in Iraq

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors investigating the death of intelligence agent Nicola Calipari [BBC profile] have requested the indictment [ANSA news agency report, in Italian] of US Army Specialist Mario Lozano [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Investigators concluded their probe last week [JURIST report], after news agencies reported in January that prosecutors intended to charge [JURIST report] Lozano with murder.

Calipari was shot to death in 2005 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. 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 initial 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. BBC News has additional coverage.



 

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