ITALIAN SENATE APPROVES TRIAL OF SALVINI OVER OPEN ARMS CASE
The Italian Senate has authorized the prosecution of League leader and Senator Matteo Salvini in relation to the Open Arms case. Salvini is accused of allegedly 'kidnapping' migrants on the Open Armsrescue ship when he was interior minister last year.
The authorization to proceed with the case was approved with 149 votes in favor and 141 against, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
"The cowards, the human traffickers and those who preferred a top position to having dignity are celebrating," said Salvini in response. “I am proud of having defended Italy. I would do it again and I will do it again because the migrant landings this July are six times what they were a year ago when the League was in government. I'll keep going with my head held high and with a clean conscience. I can look my children in the eye because I did my duty with determination and good sense."
The case is one of several stemming from Salvini's former closed ports policy against NGO-run migrant rescue ships during his 14-month stint as interior minister. Open Arms spent almost three weeks at sea last year after Salvini refused to give the approval for it to dock when he was a minister in Premier Giuseppe Conte's first government.