Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian state attorney considers appeal of Ustica ruling

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Rome, June 27 - Italy's state attorney is
considering an appeal aimed at revoking a top court decision
awarding millions of euros in compensation to some victims of a
mysterious plane crash in 1980, sources told ANSA Thursday.
A Court of Cassation decision in January gave final
approval to 1.2 million euros in compensation for three families
who lost loved ones in the 1980 crash that killed 81 people.
But the state attorney general now says that compensation
order was not based on facts, and has called for a new civil
trial.
The news comes on the 33rd anniversary of the mysterious
plane crash which Italy's top court ruled was caused by a
missile fired in error at the passenger liner flying between
Bologna and Palermo.
The top court ruling, which faulted civil and military
radar systems, was the first definitive sentence since criminal
proceedings were inconclusive.
The court said the State must pay damages to all 81
victims' families for failing to ensure the safety of the skies.
Prosecutors say that to compensate all claimants would cost
the government as much as 110 million euros.
Earlier in the day, President Giorgio Napolitano called for
continued international efforts to solve the mystery of what
caused the crash off the coast of the island of Ustica killing
81 people.
"The memory of that tragic night and the innocent victims
of the disaster underline the duty of all institutions to
support ongoing investigations to ascertain responsibility -
national and international - that remained covered by disturbing
shadows and opacity," Napolitano said in a statement earlier in
the day.
International panels who examined the wreckage in the past
had arrived at differing conclusions: One said the plane had
been hit by a missile, while another thought a bomb had been
planted aboard the craft - another terrorist act similar to what
was carried out with even greater loss of life at Bologna train
station later that summer.
Magistrates and victims' relatives have suspected that the
plane may have become caught in a dogfight between NATO planes
and a Libyan jet whose wreckage was found in the southern
Italian highlands some months after the Ustica crash.
Italy has repeatedly asked NATO, and in particular the
United States and France, for full cooperation in clearing up
the incident.
According to reconstructions of the event contained in
fictitious accounts, the Libyan jet hid under the Itavia jet and
a NATO missile hit the wrong target.

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