Italian held in Turkey ‘for promoting terrorist group’

An Italian tourist was detained in Istanbul on Sunday for allegedly publishing information on the internet about the banned PKK Kurdish separatist group, which Turkish officials consider to be a terrorist organization.

Italian held in Turkey 'for promoting terrorist group'
Giovanna Lanzavecchia had been staying at a hotel in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district. Photo: Deepgoswami

Giovanna Lanzavecchia, a 24-year-old from Milan, was detained at an internet café in the city before being taken to a detention centre for foreigners while she awaits expulsion, Ansa reported, citing consulate sources.

Turkish newspapers reported that she had arrived in Istanbul a few days earlier and was staying in a hotel in the Sultanahmet district.

She allegedly published photos of armed PKK militants online.