The Parliamentary Committee for the Security of the Republic, the organ supervising Italian Intelligence Services, has just sent its annual report to the Parliament.
The Committee complained that Intelligence Services operatives are being improperly employed in politicians’ security details, which should instead be staffed by the police.
In the last months, the Committee had opened an investigation on the Intelligence Services operatives assigned to Mr. Silvio Berlusconi’s security detail. The operatives were allegedly employed for private purposes by Mr. Berlusconi in connection with the kidnapping of his accountant.
The Committee also recommended that Italian nationals kidnapped abroad during risky travels should be charged for the expenditures made by the State to free them.
The Committee is therefore suggesting a strict application of article 50, paragraph 5 of the Italian Code of Tourism, by which ‘in any case, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can ask to the people involved [in a kidnapping or a similar event] for a total or partial refund of the expenditures made to help and repatriate those people which, being abroad, willfully exposed themselves, without a justified cause related to a professional activity, to risks that they could be aware of making use of due diligence’.