After spending 14 days locked in a Turkish deportation center, Gabriele Del Grande can finally smile again. The Tuscan journalist was freed on Monday. The Turkish authorities alerted him at 10 p.m. Sunday that they had decided to release him the next morning, and, as expected, he was expelled.
He landed at the Bologna airport, where his wife Alexandra D’Onofrio, his family and the Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano were expecting him. ”Mission accomplished,” commented the Minister once the blogger set foot in Italy.
Kisses, hugs and legitimate satisfaction for the positive outcome, even if there are points to be clarified on the events that occurred on April 9 in the Hatay region, when Del Grande was arrested while interviewing Syrian refugees for his book. That is a chapter yet to be written.
“I have not figured out why they stopped me,” the journalist said. He confirmed he was detained by several plainclothes men. He cannot tell whether they were police or military. What is certain is that no violence was used against him. “The greatest difficulty was the loss of my freedom, no one was ever disrespectful to me,” confirmed Del Grande. “I was a victim of institutional violence. I consider what happened to me was illegal.”