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Suspended Italian diplomat denies child abuse, human trafficking allegations in Philippines

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Italian diplomat Daniele Bosio talks with supporters from Breakthrough of Christians Academy, a school he allegedly has been helping, during his preliminary hearing at the City Prosecutor's office at Binan township, Laguna province south of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The vacationing Bosio, Italy's suspended ambassador to Turkmenistan, was arrested on April 5 after child rights activists alerted authorities after seeing him at a resort with boys aged 9 to 12. Bosio's family has denied the accusations and claimed that Bosio has a long history of helping disadvantaged children and did not abuse the three underage boys. (AP Photo/Carlos Peter Ilustre II) (The Associated Press)

An Italian diplomat facing human trafficking and child abuse allegations in the Philippines has denied any wrongdoing.

Daniele Bosio, who has been suspended as Italy's ambassador to Turkmenistan, submitted an affidavit Wednesday denying the criminal complaints and spoke briefly to reporters for the first time since his arrest April 5 while vacationing in the Philippines.

Bosio has been detained in a municipal jail in Laguna province south of Manila since being arrested in the company of three boys aged 9-12 at a local resort.

Tears came to Bosio's eyes when more than a dozen children from a Christian school in Manila arrived to show support for him. He has been giving financial support to the school for several years.