Italy: Reggio Emilia hostages released after 7 hours in captivity

Journalist (Italian): «What were his requests?” «Basically the man wanted to draw attention on his personal situation … He claimed to be a victim of an unfair trial, and that his sentence of 19 years in jail was something he did not deserve as he does not belong to the 'Ndrangheta [Mafia group]. These were the grounds on which we started a negotiation which allowed us to free all the hostages... Еще. This is the most important thing.” Five people held hostage at a post office in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia on Monday were released after a seven-hour long negotiation with the Italian police, who are still at the scene. «The hostages are safe and there was no use of violence,» said Captain of the Carabinieri of Reggio Emilia province soon after the release. The reported hostage-taker Francesco Amato was recently sentenced to 19 years behind bars following a trial regarding infiltration of the 'Ndrangheta Calabrian mafia group in the northern Italian Emilia-Romagna region, where Reggio Emilia is located.

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