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Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano confirmed on Thursday that an Italian tourist who had been imprisoned in Bali for over a year has been released.

According to an article in Il Globo, Carmine Sciaudone was arrested in May 2016 on charges of working on a tourist visa, after he was photographed helping to fix a projector while aboard party boat, Dragon 130 as a guest.

“His release is a positive outcome – which we greet with joy – of a case which I have personally followed step by step since the start,” Alfano added.

“Over the course of these months, Carmine Sciaudone and his relatives here in Italy have been constantly assisted with the maximum attention by the foreign ministry and our embassy in Jakarta.

“I take this opportunity to underscore the excellent work which the General Directorate for Italians Abroad carries out every day, in support of co-nationals who find themselves in situations of difficulty outside our country.”

The mayor of Sciaudone’s home town of Latina, Damiano Colletta, said the community is eagerly awaiting his return.

“We hail the news of his release with great joy,” Colletta concluded.

Image: Angelino Alfano – www.liberoquotidiano.it

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  • Des Koval
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    Forgedaboudit

  • Edo Kemballi
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    Well looks like sentence have been fully served. A year in prison for fixing some cables. Not bad.

  • Sarah Forbes
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    Weird story hey. Raises a few questions

  • Paolo Bali
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    nonsense….

    • Rosa Abdul Hamid Gray
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      Why? Pray tell

    • Stuart Beat
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      Yes tell us about it

    • Paolo Bali
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      I don’t know the details but 1 year of jail for a visa violation is a nonsense.

    • Stuart Beat
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      I had a Dj once playing and caught without a kitas and that was sorted out rather swiftly, albeit kinda expensively (but not as much as 2.5 yrs, what this fella was originally sentenced to, I believe)

    • Paolo Bali
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      And it does not make sense…I mean you do a crime you do the time….you don’t pay your visa taxes you get expelled and blacklisted instead in jail it will increase the cost for the government of your presence in the country.

  • Sarah Dougherty
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    Are they letting him go, finally? It’s terrible what happened.

    • Stuart Beat
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      What did happen?

    • Sarah Dougherty
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      Stuart Beat good question but unpleasant by the sound of it

    • Stuart Beat
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      Haven’t heard much about that dragon boat for a while either

    • Andrea Herrera
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      He left 2 days ago….

    • Jason Stone
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      Stuart Beat he was caught adjusting a projector on a boat party without imta and arrested. Poor guy has been stuck in a detention holding cell in jimbiran for a year waiting to be flown home. Was expecting to be there overnight and they held him. Not sure why but his cell was pretty shitty.

    • Stuart Beat
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      Bali Post had an article last year saying the prosecution was asking for 2.5 years. But after that nothing more. They must have been onto him or the boat

    • Scotty Dobson
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      Jason Stone He was in Kerobakan for months as well as detention house in Jimbiran. Poor guy didn’t know what hit him!!

    • Jason Stone
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      Scotty Dobson I know. Thought he was being sent home and a year later he’s still here. Maybe they r setting an example for people who work here without the proper permits

  • Andrew
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    how ridiculous this is and it happens all the time in Indonesia . Why ?

  • Don Havig
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    Obviously there is more to the story than what was posted

  • Marcus McEntee
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    id say they caught him. he was beligerent. so thet threw the book at him..

  • John Bergman
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    Apparently immigration is pretty hard on those boats as they’re an easy target.
    I witnessed a promoter getting a huge fine and booted from the island for using a mic during the cruise.
    If leisure and entertainment is Bali’s main draw, they’re really shooting themselves in the foot.

  • John Bergman
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    So yeah, don’t think you’re safe just because you’re technically off the island. They have guys everywhere.

  • Kermi
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    This monkeys in Indonesia sentence people for noting

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