Family of Italian killed in US drone strike seeks documents

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Posted: Mar 15, 2016 11:05 AM
Family of Italian killed in US drone strike seeks documents

ROME (AP) — The family of an Italian al-Qaida hostage killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama appealing for details about the January 2015 counter-terrorism operation.

Giovanni Lo Porto's family has yet to receive details about the operation despite Obama's directive for a full review of the counter-terrorism operation, the family's lawyer, Andrea Saccucci, said Tuesday.

Lo Porto was killed along with fellow aid worker and hostage Warren Weinstein and two al-Qaida operatives in the operation. The letter requests that the United States disclose details about the operation and provide compensation to the family. No amount was specified.

"I hope that President Obama can respond to these requests, simple requests, there is nothing abnormal about them," Lo Porto's brother Daniele said. "I hope that he will put a hand on his conscience and he will say the pure truth."

Lawyers also have forwarded requests to Italian prosecutors investigating Lo Porto's death to seek specific documents, including the guidelines for launching drone strikes, from U.S. authorities to complete a criminal investigation in Italy.

"We expect to receive support for the family, and support for their legitimate expectation to have the truth and some kind of relief," Saccucci said.

Obama took responsibility as commander in chief for the operation that killed Lo Porto and Weinstein, and offered "our deepest apologies to the families," in a statement last April. He said officials believe the operation took out dangerous members of al-Qaida but that intelligence did not indicate hostages were being held at the same compound.