A court in Rome has ruled that the Italian Ministry of Defense must award Euro 500,000 in compensation to the widow of Stefano Melone, a soldier who had served in the Balkans.
During one of his missions in Kosovo, Mr Melone had come into contact with remnants of war contaminated with depleted uranium. In 2001, at the age of 40, he died from a rare form of cancer, which doctors had attributed to radiation exposure.
Since then, his widow Paola Melone has sought to hold the Italian government accountable for the death of her husband along with 26 other veterans who have been exposed to depleted uranium and died from rare diseases.
>>Note: Source: Stefano Melone Website