The Director-General of the Argentine subsidiary of the Fiat Motor Company of Italy, Sr. Oberdam?
The Director-General of the Argentine subsidiary of the Fiat Motor Company of Italy, Sr. Oberdam Sallustro, 56, was kidnapped in Buenos Aires yesterday (Tuesday), in a daring daylight attack on his car as he drove from his home in the suburbs to the Fiat skyscraper in the city.
Police and troops have been searching the capital in a hunt for members of the Trotskyite People's Revolutionary Army (ERP) - an ultra-leftwing urban guerrilla group which has claimed responsibility for the Kidnapping - and for their "People's Prison", in which Sr. Sallustro is said to be detained. The ERP was also responsible for the kidnapping last May of British Consul Stanley Sylvester in Rosario, Argentina's second city.
Four men and a woman blocked Sr. Sallustro's car with a station wagon then forced him out at gun-point - shooting his chauffeur in the stomach.
The First Director's abduction is the culmination of a series of troubles that the Company have had since last July - when the Government dissolved the militant trades union organisations in Cordoba after a series of strikes and disturbances in one of Fiat's main plants, leaving 200 workers redundant.
Sr. Sallustro was born in Paraguay, moved to Italy with his parents at an early age, went to Argentina 25 years ago and has been top executive with Fiat for 16 years.
SYNOPSIS: Buenos Aires - in the heart of the capita the First Motor Company skyscraper, canter of one of Argentina's biggest police hunts following the kidnap on Tuesday of the Italian company's Director-General, Senor Oberdam Sallustro. At his home in the suburb of Martinez, police search for clues in the car from which he had been snatched hours earlier as he drove to his office. Four men and a woman, said to belong to the Trotskyite People' Revolutionary Army, waylaid Senor Sallustro's car and forced him out at gunpoint, shooting his chauffeur in the stomach. The same urban guerrilla group was last year responsible for the kidnapping of a British Consul in Rosario, Argentina's second city. The Fiat director's abduction is the culmination of a series of troubles the company have had, following strikes and redundancies, at one of their main plants in Cordoba, the central Argentina province which had so many bloody political and union clashes during 1970 and 1971.
On Wednesday evening, a letter from Senor Sallustro, saying he was well, was found in a Buenos Aires restaurant.