The Italian Senate has repealed in the dispute over the rescue of migrants for the second Time this year, the immunity of the former interior Minister, Matteo Salvini. Thus, the way is open for a further trial against the party leader of the right-wing Lega because of its Anti-refugee policy as a Minister until 2019. After several hours of debate, 149 senators for the repeal and 141 voted on Thursday, as the chamber announced.
In the current case, it is a method, due to deprivation of freedom and abuse of office in front of a court in Palermo, Sicily. Salvini was blocked as the Minister of the interior a year ago, the private Spanish rescue ship "Open Arms", with dozens of migrants aboard just three weeks on the sea.
The Lega boss is a Senator in the smaller of the two chambers of Parliament in Rome. He enjoys actually impunity. However, already in February of this year, the Senate had repealed with a majority in a similar case, Salvini's immunity. At the time, it was the Blockade of the coast guard ship "Gregoretti" 131 migrants. According to previous data this is the first process on 3 to. October in Catania, Sicily, with a preliminary hearing to start.
Salvini spoke on Thursday in the Senate in the heated debate of a "political process" and called the "Open Arms", a "pirate ship". The 47-year-old politician said: "I would like to thank those that send me into a process: you do me a Favor." Him 15 years in prison if convicted. In addition, it could be his political activity temporarily banned.
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The vote comes at a time in which the leader of the opposition drums already powerful for seven planned regional elections in September. In addition, the issue of Migration waves, because every day hundreds of people in small boats coming across the Mediterranean from Libya and Tunisia to Italy.
Salvini claiming always to have his duty in the interest of the citizens. "As a Minister, I have acted together with the government as a whole, to defend my country," wrote the right-wing populist on Twitter. He was a Conte from June 2018 to the beginning of September 2019 Minister in the first government of Prime Giuseppe. Then he rose with the Lega. His coalition partner, the Five-star movement, together with the social Democrats (PD) for the current government.Updated Date: 30 July 2020, 18:19