Italy Salvini: Far-Right Leader To Face Trial After Senate Vote

Italy’s Senate has voted to allow prosecutors to put Eurosceptic leader, Matteo Salvini, on trial over charges of holding migrants at sea.

Matteo Salvini to undergo trial
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Matteo Salvini is an Italian politician. Besides, he was once the deputy Prime minister of Italy and minister for interior. Also, he has previously represented North-west Italy as a member of the European parliament.

Salvini goes by the nickname, “The Captain.” The name was given to him by his supporters based on news of his actions on and offshore. Salvini opposes illegal migration to Italy. Many consider his form of politics to be on the far-right.

Matteo Salvini is a strong Italian politician and has accomplished several political plights.

Furthermore, he commented on his stance on illegal migration. “I’m paid by citizens to help our young people start having children again the way they did a few years ago, and not to uproot the best of the African youth to replace Europeans who are not having children anymore,” he said.

Italy’s Senate Has Voted To Put Matteo Salvini on Trial

The accusation against Mr. Salvini is, of illegally keeping people on a boat offshore for days in 2019. A total of 116 people remained aboard the Gregoretti, an Italian coastguard vessel. Moreover, a majority of Italy’s Senate has voted in favor of a trial against anti-migration action by Matteo Salvini.

Salvini explained that his migration policies had saved a lot of lives. “I am absolutely calm and proud of what I have done. And I’ll do it again as soon as I get back into government,” he said.

The Italian law provides immunity to its minister for actions they take while in office. The members of the Senate have voted to strip Salvini of his immunity. This is so that he can fully face the arms of justice. The upper house Senate voted in favor of lifting the immunity with a total vote of 152-76.

Mr. Salvini stands a chance of facing a fifteen-year charge if successfully prosecuted. However, after the declaration of the outcome of the votes, Salvini broke his silence. He likened himself to Donald Trump of the United States. Trump was impeached late last year but was later reinstated.

On a Twitter post, Salvini said, “I, like Trump? He has a few more billions and a few more years. But it’s a bad little habit of the left, going around in the world, to try to win by judicial means.”

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Salvini’s Response To Accusations

Usually, when a politician is faced with a situation as challenging as the one Matteo Salvini’s, they try to deny all charges. But the opposite is the case for the former deputy Prime minister. Salvini, like a warrior, is facing all opposition to his actions head-on.

Salvini has built his political reputation on the grounds of being a sole defender of the Italian nation. He has vehemently opposed illegal migration and has acted in favor of the inhabitants of the country. His current trial depicts a situation whereby the establishment is attacking the man of the people.

Are Salvini’s Claims True?

Thousands of migrants have relocated to Italy in the past decade. More so, Italy is the first destination of migrants moving from Africa to Europe. It is challenging to know the total number of migrants living in Italy because asylum applications can take years to resolve.

In 2015, when the refugee crisis was at the zenith, more than a million migrants came into Europe. Furthermore, in that year, Greece received a total of 800,000 migrants. Italy received a total of 154,000 migrants.

The new coalition government wants to deport half a million undocumented migrants currently living in Italy.

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