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Italy has called on the Turkish government to set free an Italian journalist and human rights activist arrested near the Syrian border more than a week ago as he was doing research for a book.
The Italian Foreign Ministry said in a statement late on Tuesday it was working to ensure that 34-year-old Gabriele Del Grande can receive legal assistance, a visit from the Italian consulate, and be allowed to communicate with his family.
“But obviously this is not enough, because the Foreign Ministry requests that Del Grande be released, in full respect of the law,” the statement added.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has yet to comment on the request.
Del Grande, who is one of the leading human rights defenders in the area of refugees and asylum seekers to Europe, particularly Italy, was arrested by Turkish authorities in the southern province of Hatay on April 9.
He was later transferred to a refugee center in the city of Mugla.
Amnesty International has expressed concerns over Del Grande's situation, arguing that Italian officials have not done enough to secure his release.
2017.04.19 / 20:29