Thursday, October 25, 2007

Italians 'cannot try US soldier'


An Italian court has thrown out a case against a US soldier charged over the killing of an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq in March 2005.

The court ruled that Italy had no jurisdiction in the case against Mario Lozano, who was on trial in absentia.

The agent, Nicola Calipari, was shot dead on his way to Baghdad airport after securing the release of a kidnapped Italian reporter.

Spc Lozano denies any wrongdoing, saying he had no choice but to fire.

His defence lawyers argued that an Italian court had no right to try Spc Lozano as soldiers in Iraq were under the exclusive jurisdiction of their own country.

The ruling by the Rome judge can be appealed.

Italy and the US have drawn very different conclusions over the shooting and Washington refused to hand Spc Lozano over for trial.

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