Emirates, the case of Andrea Costantino is unlocked: entrepreneur returned to Italy

The Milanese entrepreneur was arrested on charges of financing terrorism in Yemen on March 21 in a Dubai hotel

The story of the entrepreneur Andrea Costantino, who was stuck in the Emirates after being released from prison in the Gulf country and who for months lived in an outbuilding of our embassy in Abu Dhabi, has been unblocked. This morning Costantino spoke live on Radio Libertà. “I thank Matteo Salvini, Vignali (Luigi, director general for Italians abroad of the Farnesina, ed) and the ambassador (Italian in Abu Dhabi)”, said Costantino in his speech, during which he also wanted to thank ” enormously” all radio listeners who called and texted during this time.

Explaining how he left the Emirates, Costantino said he managed to return to Italy thanks to a “technical ploy, a technical solution made possible thanks to Vignali (Luigi, director general for Italians abroad at the Farnesina, ed)” . After thanking the Italian ambassador to the Emirates, Lorenzo Fanara, Costantino specified that he landed in Milan this morning at 6.55. “When I got off the plane, Vignali called me and said: ‘Andrea welcome back, now I’ll call the President of the Republic and inform him’ – said Costantino – Yesterday Matteo Nazionale (Salvini, ed) wrote to me five minutes later ( the news that he would be released, ed) telling me: ‘excellent news, now we will toast with strictly Italian wine'”.

The Italian entrepreneur, born in Milan on 14 September 1972, was arrested on charges of financing terrorism in Yemen on 21 March in a hotel in Dubai, where he was staying with his family, after returning to the United Arab Emirates for renew the expiring residence visa. After being released from the maximum security prison of Al Wathba last May thanks to the mediation of Italian diplomats, the trader lived in an annex of the Italian embassy because the UAE authorities had confiscated his passport preventing him from leaving the country.

“I personally dealt with the Costantino affair”, “we are doing everything possible for a positive solution”, declared the Foreign Minister, Antonio Tajani, on 13 December before the Foreign Affairs commissions of the Chamber and the Senate, referring to the businessman’s affair. “We don’t leave any Italian citizen alone,” Tajani assured.