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1974: Leftists threaten to kill officials during Genoa kidnapping

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ROME – A man claiming to represent the kidnappers of Genoa’s deputy prosecutor has threatened to kill a jailed bank robber unless he is released.

The man, who claimed to represent the left-wing group the Red Brigades, called Italy’s ANSA news agency and said 38-year-old Mario Souci would be killed unless jailed bank robber Sante Nottnicola was released.

Police said they have received similar calls.

Witnesses told police that Souci, 38, known for his investigations into extremist activity, was captured by five armed men last night near his home in Genoa.

Later, the police found a leaflet in the phone box claiming that Mr. Souci had been kidnapped by the “Red Brigades” and imprisoned in the “People’s Prison.” Police believe the Red Brigades kidnapped a senior Fiat official and an Alfa Romeo engineer last year. The two were released without pay after being briefly detained.

——”International Herald Tribune”, April 19, 1974

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