Death of Ambassador Attanasio in Congo, two WFP officials acquitted

Death of Ambassador Attanasio in Congo, two WFP officials acquitted


AGI – Not having to proceed for lack of jurisdiction against the two officials of the world food program: the proceedings for the two WFP officials Rocco Leone and Mansour Luguru Rwagaza accused, in the investigation by the Rome prosecutor’s office, of manslaughter in relation to the death of ambassador Luca Attanasio and carabiniere Vittorio Iacovacci, which occurred on 22 February 2021 in Congo. The question of the existence of ‘immunity’ had already emerged on January 24th. The Foreign Ministry official who had been called to report on the practice relating to communications with officials not on duty in Italy in the proceedings for the death of Attanasio and Iacovacci had in fact filed an opinion in which it was stated that, in fact, the The immunity for the two officials exists. The communications, according to what emerged in the filed brief, are of a “declarative nature and not constitutive of functional immunity”. The international custom would therefore prevail to recognize immunity to all officials of international organizations linked to the United Nations. The Rome prosecutor’s office, however, is ready to appeal the preliminary hearing judge’s ruling, which the Iacovacci family did not like: “We take note of the decision of the Rome court, but there is strong bitterness and disappointment. We await the next steps of the prosecutor’s office.”

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