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AFP
April 18, 2021

Italy’s Salvini to face trial over blocking migrant ship

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AFP
April 18, 2021

ROME: An Italian court ruled on Saturday that far-right leader Matteo Salvini will face charges of kidnapping and abuse of office for blocking a migrant ship from disembarking in August 2019.

His trial was scheduled for September 15, a tribunal in the Sicilian city of Palermo said.

Salvini, head of the League party and interior minister at the time, is charged with barring migrants from landing on the island of Lampedusa after they were rescued at sea by the Spanish NGO Open Arms.

For six days, he refused to allow a ship carrying 147 mainly African migrants to land, as conditions worsened on board. All minors and some suffering health problems were allowed to disembark.