Italian held in Turkey ‘for promoting terrorist group’

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

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.