The leading figures in the Italian government have paid their last respects to Nicola Calipari, but now they are moving into a higher political gear to deal with the fallout over his killing.
Foreign Minister Fini addresses parliament today, while Prime Minister Berlusconi called in the American ambassador for a second time last night, and addresses the Italian senate tomorrow. Italy’s President, Carlo Azelio Ciampi, has visited Giuliana Sgrena in hospital where the journalist is expected to spend a week recovering from the bullet she took in her shoulder. There is still confusion about the fusillade that riddled her car with bullets, but less confusion about the policy to take regarding hostages still being held in Iraq. Sgrena has insisted on the important role popular mobilisation played in her freedom, and European parliamentary President Josep Borrel has underlined this is the way forward; “Giuliana is once more back among us and enjoying her liberty, but the mobilisation must continue to obtain the freedom of Florence Aubenas, and of her interpreter Hussein Hanoun al-Saadi. They are still in captivity, held by those who reject the right to information and therefore democracy”. Posters of the pair greet European members of parliament as they enter the chamber in Strasbourg. The rumour is Italy paid an eight million euro ransom for Sgrena, but Rome refuses to comment on this.