Proper-wing coalition chief Matteo Salvini said that his trial for banning migrant ships from coming into the harbor in 2019 was not severe as a result of actor Richard Gere was allowed to testify.
Salvini was Minister of the Inside on the time of the controversial incident and attended the second listening to in Palermo on Saturday.
The courtroom accredited an inventory of witnesses, together with former Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, different Italian politicians, and actor Richard Gere who was in Italy and joined the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms.
The NGO runs a lifeboat, and Gere is concerned in delivering meals to the immigrants on deck.
Salvini mentioned: “Inform me how significantly Richard Gere from Hollywood proved how unhealthy I actually am.”
The Proactiva Open Arms Affiliation advised the courtroom that Gere may testify instantly on the situation of the ship, and that the ship was not allowed to land on the island of Lampedusa in Italy for 19 days, after which the prosecutor ordered the evacuation of passengers.
It’s not clear whether or not Keir will seem in courtroom in particular person.
Salvini is common for his opposition to immigration, and he says he’s solely performing his ministerial duties.
“It’s not solely the responsibility of the minister to defend the nation’s borders, security, honor and dignity, but in addition the responsibility of everybody,” he mentioned.
He added: “It’s surreal that I can be tried for performing my duties.”
“A Spanish ship that refuses to go to Spain is prohibited,” Salvini believes.
Salvini was charged with kidnapping immigrants. If discovered responsible, he will be sentenced to as much as 15 years in jail. On this case, he can not function a minister.
The following listening to is scheduled for December 17.