Italy’s far-right leader Salvini stands trial on migrant kidnapping charges

Italy’s former interior minister Matteo Salvini went on trial Saturday to face charges of kidnapping and abuse of office for refusing to let a rescue vessel disembark 147 migrants and forcing it to remain at sea for days until prosecutors overturned the decision in August 2019.

The far-right leader of the League party, renowned for his anti-immigration policies during his time as interior minister in the former coalition government between 2018-19, attended the opening of the trial at the court in Palermo, Sicily. EFE


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