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A Senate board excludes the approval of the lawsuit against Salvini for “kidnapping” the “Open Arms”.

May 26, 2020

The Italian Senate’s parliamentary immunity authority ruled out on Tuesday to authorize the prosecution of former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for “kidnapping” the “Open Arms” rescue ship last summer. It is therefore up to the plenary to decide on the matter.

The vote was voted thirteen and seven against, while the three senators from Italia Viva – the party of former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and part of the government coalition – did not vote in local media, reports the government.

The only way to overturn Salvini’s immunity and bring him to justice is to review approval across the Senate and approve it with an absolute majority, that is, 161 positive votes.

A Senate board excludes the approval of the lawsuit against Salvini for “kidnapping” the “Open Arms”.A Senate board excludes the approval of the lawsuit against Salvini for “kidnapping” the “Open Arms”.

Chairman Maurizio Gasparri claimed that Salvini acted “in the public interest in agreement with the government”. The Forza Italia senator referred to the facts accused of Salvini, who prevented the disembarkation of the 164 migrants who had been saved by the “Open Arms” last August. The then interior minister is accused by the Palermo court of crimes of exacerbating the kidnapping of people and refusing to act on his own initiative.