By John LaForge
A formal complaint, submitted October 2, 2023 to Italy’s Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of Rome, demands a criminal investigation of the stationing of U.S. nuclear weapons on the national territory of Italy. The lawsuit also calls for the pursuit of all Italian persons who may be criminally responsible for the weapons’ importation and deployment. The complaint was signed by representatives of 22 organizations and says that the presence of U.S. nuclear weapons in Italy is certain, even though it has never been officially acknowledged by the government. The open secret of the transfer to Italy of the B61 H-bombs has been confirmed by numerous newspaper reports, scientific journals, leaked NATO documents, and the effective admission by the U.S. government that it has transferred nuclear weapons to Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Turkey. U.S. B61 gravity bombs are reportedly now stationed at Italy’s air force bases at Ghedi and Aviano. The legal complaint recalls that Italy ratified the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) on April 24, 1975, and argues that the treaty’s Articles I and II prohibit the transfer of foreign nuclear weapons to Italy. The complaint also charges that the presence of U.S. nuclear weapons in Italian territory violates Italian federal law related to weapons and import licenses. — For a copy of the lawsuit, email us at email@example.com.