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General Roberto Vannacci was notified on Monday that he is under investigation over a anti-gay book that he recently self-published and has become a best-seller. © ANSA

(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 4 - General Roberto Vannacci was notifiedon Monday that he is under investigation over a anti-gay bookthat he recently self-published and has become a best-seller.
   The general was given the notification after arriving at theArmy's Rome headquarters to prepare for a new role he has beenassigned and immediately took a leave of absence of one monthfor "family reasons", the sources said.
   Vannacci has been hailed as a hero by the anti-politicallycorrect lobby in Italy over his book, which also slated Jews,feminists, environmentalists and migrants.
   At the weekend he was named army ground operation forces chiefof staff after being sacked as head of the military geographicalinstitute in August after the release of the book.
   Defence ministry sources said Sunday Vannacci's new post "is nota promotion".
   They stressed that his new role "does not entail relations withother institutions".
   They said he would "only be commander of his own office chiefsand will not have direct decision-making autonomy".
   Former crack paratroop regiment chief Vannacci, 55, who wasreplaced by his direct superior after Defence Minister GuidoCrosetto started disciplinary proceedings in mid-August, hasbeen defended by many right-wing politicians who say his rightto free speech is sanctioned by the Italian Constitution.
   In his book, 'The world back to front', Vannacci, formerly headof the Folgore paratroopers, says of homosexuals: "You are notnormal, come to terms with it!", insisting that "normality isheterosexuality".
   "If everything seems normal to you, however, it is the fault ofthe plots of the international gay lobby," he adds.
   He also speaks strongly in favour of self defence: If a burglarenters a house, "why should I not be authorised to shoot him, tostab him with whatever object I can get my hands on?".
   "If I plunge the pencil I have in my breast pocket into thejugular of the mug that attacks me, killing him, why should Irisk being condemned?"Despite the defence ministry sources' denials, many politicianstook Vannacci's new appointment as a promotion and criticisedit.
   Green-Left Alliance bigwig Nicola Fratoianni said "Italydeserves better", More Europe leader Riccardo Magi said the casewas "shameful", and centrist Italia Viva (IV) House Whip DavideFaraone said it was "scandalous to reward him".
   As other sources confirmed that disciplinary proceedings againstthe general were ongoing, Vannacci said "I will continue topresent my book". (ANSA).

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