Salvini makes fun of the inclusion of actor Richard Gere among the witnesses at his trial for the “Open Arms”

Former Italian interior minister and leader of the far-right La Liga party, Matteo Salvini, poked fun at the inclusion of American actor Richard Gere in his trial for preventing the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms from landing in 2019.

“Does a trial with Richard Gere from Hollywood seem normal to you? I usually stay with my children on Saturday mornings,” Salvini said this Saturday when the trial’s first off-court trial took place, according to the Adnkronos News Agency.

Salvini makes fun of the inclusion of actor Richard Gere among the witnesses at his trial for the “Open Arms”
Salvini makes fun of the inclusion of actor Richard Gere among the witnesses at his trial for the “Open Arms”

In addition to Gere, the former Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, then head of government, and the former Minister of Labor and Social Policy, now Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, will also be present as witnesses, the court confirmed.

The American actor will perform at the request of the NGO “Open Arms” as he was present on the ship during the blockade in August 2019 to express his support for the crew and the people they were transporting.

Salvini, who is accused of imprisonment and abuse of office to prevent the landing, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for imposing this ban, one of the highlights in his fight against the wave of migrants.

The next hearing will take place on December 17th. Ahead of the meeting, the former Home Secretary posted a message on Twitter criticizing the process he described as “wanted by the left and defenders of illegal immigration”.

Salvini assured all along that he was defending Italy and the interests of the government, defending himself with the risk of landing smugglers who were hiding among the migrants.

The court rejected this version of events. “At none of the accesses on board by the Italian authorities did the migrants ever show any indications of concrete, concrete and objective dangerous conditions,” the court said.

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