Italian media outlets yesterday reported that Furkan Semih Dündar, 25, was among nine people deported from Italy in December over their support for terrorism.
Dündar, 25, was studying physics at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa at the time when his online posts threatening to blow himself up at the U.S. embassy in Italy surfaced.
Speaking to an Italian newspaper, Dündar attributed his detention and subsequent deportation to mistranslated messages. He claimed that he has been under surveillance from intelligence services ever since he arrived in Italy in November 2014 to acquire a Ph.D. and sent e-mails to several government agencies to halt the surveillance. Dündar reportedly wrote "do you think I want to blow myself up at the U.S. embassy?" and sent similar "provocative messages so that he would get himself arrested and settle the issue." He told La Repubblica daily that he preferred to send messages instead of applying directly to the authorities to stop the surveillance because he was "afraid of being mistaken as paranoid."