ROME (Jul. 31)
A group of Israeli intelligence agents whose whereabouts are unknown will be put on trial in absentia if they are not located in Rome next November for the Oct. 12, 1972 murder of the Palestine Liberation Organization representative in Rome, Wael Zuwaiter. The absent Israelis were accused of shooting Zuwaiter on a Roman street following the conviction of six other Israelis in Lillehammer, Norway for the shooting of an Arab, Ahmed Bouchiki, on July 21, 1973. In both cases the Mossad was accused of the killings.
In Norway the six were imprisoned after a trial, and subsequently released. The prosecuting attorney, Giorgio Santacroce, claims the killing of Zuwaiter in Rome and Bouchiki in Norway are linked with a series of actions that include the killing of Mahmoud Hamchari in Paris on Dec. 8, 1972, Bochir Hussein in Nicosia on Jan. 25, 1973, Kubaisi Basil in Paris on April 5, 1973 and Mohamen Daudia in Paris on June 28, 1973.