Italian Senate votes to raise #Salvini immunity over migrant boat

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Italian senators voted on Wednesday (12 February) to raise immunity for far-right chief Matteo Salvini (pictured), opening the way in which for a probably career-ending trial over accusations he illegally detained migrants at sea final yr, writes Angelo Amante.

The results of the vote is because of be formally introduced round 1800 GMT however a Reuters tally of the depend confirmed a majority in favour of eradicating Salvini’s authorized safety as a former minister.

The choice provides magistrates in Sicily the go-ahead to press fees over his choice to maintain 131 rescued migrants blocked aboard a coastguard ship for six days final July as he waited for different European Union states to comply with take them in.

Salvini, the pinnacle of Italy’s League occasion who was serving as inside minister on the time, might ultimately withstand 15 years in jail if discovered responsible on the finish of Italy’s tortuous authorized course of. Conviction might additionally bar him from political workplace, dashing his ambitions to guide a future authorities.

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