ROME — Italy has raised the stakes in its dispute with the United States over the killing in 2005 of an Italian intelligence agent at a U.S. checkpoint in Iraq, saying Washington must set things right by assuming responsibility for the death.
Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema made the demand at a weekend commemoration of Nicola Calipari, the agent killed by a U.S. soldier on March 4, 2005, at a U.S. military checkpoint near Baghdad airport.
Calipari became a national hero for securing the release of kidnapped journalist Giuliana Sgrena. He died shielding her from gunfire at the checkpoint just after her release. Sgrena was wounded, and is seeking compensation from Washington.
A Rome judge last month ordered a U.S. soldier to stand trial for the killing but Washington has refused to hand him over and considers the case closed.