Calipari report under fire

10/01/2019 Posted by admin

Details of the joint US-Italian probe into last month’s shooting of Nicola Calipari were leaked by a US army official earlier this week.

American investigators were said to have concluded the US soldiers involved in the incident had been properly carrying out their duties and were not culpable.

The unnamed official said the investigation had concluded two weeks ago, but had not been released because of differences between Italian and US authorities over two aspects of the case.

There was apparently disagreement concerning the speed the vehicle carrying Mr Calipari and rescued Italian hostage, Giuliana Sgrena, had been traveling on March 4.

Ms Sgrena, who was also wounded in the shooting, has disputed US military claims the car had been speeding and failed to respond to signals to halt.

US authorities have also reportedly argued only one soldier shot at the vehicle, while Italian intelligence officers have suggested at least two soldiers firing automatic weapons were involved, according to the Il Messaggero newspaper.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said discussions were continuing with the White House to iron out differences which he said were coming from the Pentagon.

“We understand the difficulties of our counterpart, because the Pentagon has certain positions and the US administration would want these positions to be more flexible,” Mr Berlusconi said.

The friction has reignited debate about Italy’s support of the US-led war in Iraq and the deployment of 3,300 Italian troops to help the Iraqi reconstruction effort.

Both moves were hugely unpopular.

Senator and former President, Francesco Cossiga, told the ANSA news agency if the joint inquiry “doesn’t reach a recognition of guilt of the American troops, extraditing them to Italy or taking on the commitment to put them before American military justice, in my view, this would require” withdrawal.

Italian ballistics experts will spend the next few days examining the Toyota Corolla car for clues as to the speed it was travelling at and the number of soldiers that fired the nine bullets into it.

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