Being taken into custody in Hatay province 10 days ago, Italian journalist and documentarist Gabriele Del Grande has contacted his family and informed them that he will go on hunger strike tonight (April 19).
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded that Del Grande be released within the framework of applicable legislation.
According to Doğan News Agency (DHA) citing Italy-based ANSA news agency, Gabriele Del Grande was allowed to speak with some of his friends and his spouse Alexanda D’Onofrio, who lives in Greece, for the first since his detention on April 9.
Telling that he is in good condition but now allowed to speak with his attorneys or anyone else, Del Grande stated that there is no charge pressed against him and he will start hunger strike tonight.
Del Grande went to Turkey’s Syrian border on April 7 to make research for his new book on how the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was formed. He was detained on April 9, two days after his arrival. (EA/TK)
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