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 a private yacht 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 the 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.

With ANSA