| 12 April 2024, Friday |

Ex-Italian Interior Minister Salvini to Face Trial on Migrant Kidnapping Charges

Matteo Salvini, the former interior minister of Italy, said Saturday he had been indicted on kidnapping charges over his 2019 decision to bar a migrant ship from docking.

The 48-year-old leader of the League party said he had called his children after Saturday’s trial and indictment.

“Smile and head held high, guys, those who have a clear conscience and did their duty, cannot be afraid”, Salvini tweeted.

Salvini argued that he defended the homeland by refusing a Spanish rescue ship with 147 migrants picked up at sea to dock in an Italian port in Lampedusa.

“The defense of the homeland is a citizen’s sacred duty. Article 52 of the constitution. Am I going to trial for this, for defending my country? I will go there with my head held high”, he tweeted.

​The first hearing will be held in the main Sicilian city of Palermo on 15 September.

  • Sputnik