APPTON, Ireland — An Irish tourist has been granted two-days’ holiday in Italy and the country has said it will help the tourist get to Rome.
Italian police arrested the Irish man at the airport in the Sicilian city of Catanzaro on Tuesday.
The man was charged with attempted murder and a gun charge.
A statement released by Italy’s interior ministry said the man’s family in Ireland had requested to stay in Italy, but had been told the tourist had been granted permission to stay.
It said the case is under investigation and the Italian authorities will ensure that the tourist receives assistance to return to Ireland.
The case came amid heightened tensions between Italy and neighboring countries, including the United States, over the influx of refugees and migrants, and the European Union’s handling of the issue.
Italy has been a leading source of migrants entering the European continent from North Africa.