A court in Rome is to try the case of a US Marine accused of killing an Italian agent in Iraq in 2005. Nicola Calipari was shot dead as he escorted a newly-freed hostage to safety. The US military says Calipari’s car approached a roadblock at high speed, ignoring calls to slow down. Soldiers fired warning shots before shooting at the car.
Italian prosecutors deny that and claim inexperienced troops were manning a badly constructed checkpoint on one of the most dangerous roads in Baghdad. Calipari became a national hero when he secured the release of Italian journalist, Giuliana Sgrena. She, and the Italian agent driving the car, were injured in the shooting.
“I want the truth,” she says. “If the marine’s defence counsel says he was acting on orders, that he was doing what he had to do because he’d been given orders, then I want to know what those orders were and who gave them to him.” Calipari’s killing increased public opposition to Italy’s involvement in Iraq. The trial, almost certainly in absentia, is set for April 17.