Italian journalist Del Grande released from detention in Turkey

Gabriele Del Grande, an Italian journalist detained by Turkish authorities since 10 April, was released on Monday and is on his way back to Italy, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano on Twitter.

“Gabriele Del grande is free. I just talked to him, he is on his way back to Italy. I had the joy to inform his family. We are awaiting him,” Alfano said.

The Italian foreign minister also thanked his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu who had informed Alfano of Del Grande’s release.

The journalist’s father, Massimo Del Grande, said that his son was scheduled to arrive in Bologna around 10 o’clock on Monday.

“We will go and pick him up, it’s a great day, he said to Rainews 24. “Minister Alfano called me. He told me that [Gabriele] was well.”

Gabriele Del Grande was detained on 9 April while carrying out research for a book near the Syrian border. He went on a hunger strike on Tuesday last week which, along with a solidarity campaign on social media, initiated diplomatic traffic that eventually led to his release.

Del Grande, editor of the blog Fortress Europe, was detained without any formal charges in a detention centre in Mugla, southwestern Turkey, after his arrest in Hatay province in Southern Turkey, bordering Syria.