‘No talks with smugglers over abducted Italians’
Published: 23 Jul 2015 09:02 GMT
The statement came after Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said during an interview with Sky TV earlier in the day that he could not rule out that the four might have been kidnapped in return for the release of Libyan migrant smugglers detained in Italy.
Fausto Piano, Gino Pollicardo, Salvatore Failla and Filippo Calcagno were abducted as they returned from a holiday in Tunisia.
The men, who were employees for the Parma-based contractor Bonatti, were near the premises of Italian oil giant Eni in the region of Mellitah, to the west of Tripoli, when they were taken.
“Minister Alfano never accredited any possibility of negotiations with traffickers,”…
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