The Italian Senate plans to vote on Thursday if it empowers opposition leader Matteo Salvini to go on trial for abuse of migrants because he decided to disembark migrants and refugees who were rescued by the NGO ship Open Arms in August 2019 , to delay. .
The events date from August 2019 when Salvini was Minister of the Interior. As Minister of the Interior, he decided to postpone the landing of dozens of migrants rescued by the Spanish NGO Open Arms rescue ship.
Prosecutors claim that Salvini’s actions can be seen as kidnapping people on a ship. The former Home Secretary defended that his intervention was a legitimate attempt to force the European Union to share the burden of refugees and migrants arriving on the Italian coast.
“As a minister, I acted collegially with the entire government to defend my country,” the leader of the far-right league party said in a message released late Wednesday. “We will see in the Senate who shows dignity, honesty and justice. I will look at the camera with my head held high,” he emphasized.