Turkey:reporter Del Grande'well but on hunger strike',Alfano

After 11 days of detention, journalist met Italian consul

21 April, 12:21

    (ANSA) - Rome, April 21 - Gabriele Del Grande, the Italian reporter held in Turkey for 11 days, is well but on hunger strike, Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said Friday. "Gabriele is well, he is doing a hunger strike by just taking in liquids.

    He has the assistance of a doctor whom I requested and obtained form the Turkish authorities," Alfano said. "The meeting with the consul and his lawyer has already happened. Gabriele has also had an opportunity to meet his lawyer alone," said Alfano.

    After 11 days of detention without charges in Turkey, Italian reporter Gabriele Del Grande was seen Friday by the Italian consul in Turkey and his lawyer at the administrative detention centre at Mugla. Del Grande is well but on hunger strike, Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said. "Gabriele is well, he is doing a hunger strike by just taking in liquids. He has the assistance of a doctor whom I requested and obtained form the Turkish authorities," Alfano said. "The meeting with the consul and his lawyer has already happened. Gabriele has also had an opportunity to meet his lawyer alone," said Alfano. "There must be collaboration between our countries and we trust in his liberation," Premier Paolo Gentiloni said ahead of the meeting.

    European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said "Ankara should respect freedom of the press if it wants to be part of the EU".

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