(ANSA) - Rome, December 17 

Thailand's supreme court on Monday acquitted Denis Cavatassi, an Italian who was in prison in the Asian country after being convicted by lower courts of ordering the murder of a business associate and sentenced to death. 'Finally I'm free,' says Cavatassi.
    Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said that Cavatassi would soon be able to return home and "embrace his relatives". "Italians in difficulty abroad must know that they can always count on the assistance and effective help of the foreign ministry," Moavero Milanesi said.
    "No one is left alone". Cavatassi, a 51-year-old who is originally from Tortoreto in the central province of Teramo, went to Thailand in 2009.
    He was arrested after the associate, Luciano Butti, the owner of a guest house, was shot dead while riding on a scooter in 2011.

    Cavatassi had gone to the police station thinking he only had to identify the body after three Thais, including a waiter as a restaurant he ran, were detained in relation to the case.
    He was convicted and sentenced to death at a first-instance trial in 2015, a decision that was upheld on appeal in 2017.
    In January 2017 he was put in a maximum security jail, where he was held in isolation for the first month with chains around his feet and then moved to a cell with 45 other inmates. Photo: Denis Cavatassi's sister Romina, who campaigned for her brother's release.

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