Matteo Salvini, the former Italian Minister of the Interior, will appear in court for his 2019 decision to stop ships carrying migrants. The Palermo court has ruled today and reported that the first hearing was in September.
Lega, the leader of the right-wing populist party, is accused of kidnapping. The prosecutor said he illegally prevented immigrants from docking on Lampedusa. Salvini himself talked about the political process. He tweeted that he was on trial “with his head held high.”
At that time, 147 migrants were trapped at sea for more than a week. They were picked up by a ship belonging to the Spanish Action Organization “Open Arms”. The judge in Rome ruled that Salvini decided to keep the ship away. Violation of international law. After the visit on the ship, the prosecutor of Sicily ruled that the ship should be seized.
15 years in prison
Salvini accused of cooperating with human traffickers with open arms. The prosecutor believes that Salvini took the initiative independently of the parliament. He could face up to 15 years in prison. He may also lose his job as a politician.
Salvini, 48, currently serves in the Italian Senate. Last summer, Salvini was sued by removing the special protection that Salvini enjoyed as a politician against legal proceedings.