Italy Prosecutor Demands Migrant Trial For Salvini
An Italian prosecutor formally asked a court Saturday for far-right leader Matteo Salvini to stand trial for kidnapping and abuse of office for blocking a migrant ship from disembarking in August 2019
Rome, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Mar, 2021 ) :An Italian prosecutor formally asked a court Saturday for far-right leader Matteo Salvini to stand trial for kidnapping and abuse of office for blocking a migrant ship from disembarking in August 2019.
"I am proud to have worked to protect my country, respecting the law, waking up Europe." The ship, operated by Spanish NGO Open Arms, spent days anchored off the island of Lampedusa while awaiting permission to disembark, as the situation on board deteriorated.
There were initially 147 mainly African migrants aboard, but all minors and some suffering health problems were allowed to disembark early.
Open Arms confirmed the prosecutor's request, adding: "Violating the rights of vulnerable people is a crime in any democratic country that respects the constitution and international conventions." The next hearing was set for April 17.
His League party takes a hard line on migrants entering Italy, arguing his country bears an unfair burden as the first point of entry into Europe for those crossing on unstable boats from north Africa.
He has argued that the policy was not his alone, but was agreed by the government.
In August 2019, encouraged by favourable opinion poll ratings, Salvini provoked a political crisis in a bid to force new elections -- only for his coalition allies to form a new government without him.