Sergio Zanotti Syria: Italian man held hostage in Syria since 2016 freed.
“On the finish of complicated, delicate operations of knowledge, investigation and diplomacy that came about concurrently, we succeeded right now in acquiring the discharge of Sergio Zanotti, kidnapped in Syria in April 2016,” Conte mentioned in an announcement.
“Our compatriot’s normal situation seems to be good and he’ll return to Italy, to Rome, in a couple of hours,” the Italian premier added.
Italian media say Zanotti, 57, is a businessman who disappeared after leaving for Turkey, and that his ex-wife had obtained a number of messages wherein he pleaded for assist, or was threatened with execution.
In August 2018, Italian media additionally raised the case of one other Italian hostage from the identical area of Brescia, Alessandro Sandrini, 33, who disappeared in October 2016 after happening vacation in Turkey whereas he was on partial unemployment.
Sandrini’s mom disregarded international ministry recommendation to stay silent about her son’s disappearance after a number of temporary telephone calls with him and the reception of at the very least one video wherein he seems kneeling, in an orange jumpsuit and threatened by armed males.