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Salvini will go to trial for kidnapping migrants, ‘an act of pointless cruelty’

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14.02.2020

Report. Salvini’s parliamentary verdict ended exactly as expected, with the Senate voting by a large majority to put Salvini on trial for kidnapping the migrants sequestered aboard the Gregoretti vessel.

written by Leo Lancari

Topic Italy

February 14, 2020

When the time came to vote on whether to try their leader, the 60 senators of the Lega did as they said they would and walked out of the hall at the Palazzo Madama. It was a melodramatic gesture that Matteo Salvini himself had asked for in the speech that the former Interior Minister held in the morning, at the end of which a heated argument between the M5S senator Marco Pellegrini and the Lega senator William De Vecchis turned into a shoving match.

With the exception of that scuffle, the day of Salvini’s parliamentary “verdict” ended exactly as expected, with the Senate voting by a large majority (152 votes against 76) to approve the request of the Court of Ministers of Catania to put Salvini on trial for kidnapping in the case of the migrants sequestered aboard the Gregoretti vessel.

There were some prominent dissenters: the former Five Star senators Saverio De Bonis and Carlo Martelli, Senator Pierferdinando Casini (who Salvini took the time to quote and personally thank) and the two representatives of the “Per le Autonomie” Senate group for regional and linguistic minorities, Dieter Seger and Meinhard Durnwalder, who voted in favor of the motion presented........

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