VENICE, Italy — A former chief of the Italian military counterintelligence service could be tried as early as this week for failing to explain his allegations that Israeli agents blew up an Italian air force plane in 1973, judicial sources said Saturday.
Gen. Ambrogio Viviani, who headed the service from 1970 to 1974, was arrested Friday after he refused to divulge details of the allegations to investigating magistrate Carlo Mastelloni.
Earlier this year, Viviani claimed in a magazine interview that the Italian secret services helped Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi stay in
power in the 1970s in order to protect Italy's oil interests in Libya.
He added in the interview that an explosion on board an Italian plane near Venice in 1973, in which four military personnel were killed, was in his view "a warning from the Israeli secret service that we should leave off Kadafi and Arab-Palestinian terrorism."