Sunday, March 06, 2005

US attack on Sgrena was deliberate says companion

The companion of freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena said Saturday the shooting by US troops had been deliberate.
'The Americans and Italians knew about (her) car coming,' Pier Scolari said on leaving Rome's Celio military hospital...

'They were 700 meters (yards) from the airport, which means that they had passed all checkpoints.' 'Giuliana had information, and the US military did not want her to survive,' he added." [Source]
His account is confirmed by another news report -quoting Sgrena:
Sgrena told Rome prosecutors Franco Ionta and Pietro Saviotti that the shots didn't come from soldiers standing at a checkpoint.

"It wasn't a checkpoint, but a patrol that started shooting after pointing some lights in our direction,'' the Ansa news agency cited Sgrena as telling the prosecutors. "We hadn't previously encountered any checkpoint and we didn't understand where the shots came from.'' [Source]

Convniently, the car in which Segrena was wounded and the Italian intelligence officer slain - cannot be found:

When The Associated Press in Baghdad asked the U.S. military to see the vehicle on Saturday, the military said it didn't know where it was. [Source]


Blogger Oz said...

Earlier this week I listened to an interview with Aidan White (head of the International Federation of Journalists) where he spoke about the frustration building amongst journalists due to the killings of their compatriots and the lack of an independent investigation into these killings. He sited that last year 129 journalists were killed, 74 of these in Iraq.

The transcript can be found at
Ther is also an audio file available.

2:35 am  

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