Western Europe

Ex-Italian Chief of Internal Affair faces justice over migrants detention

16:31, 23 October 2021
Ex-Italian Chief of Internal Affair faces justice over migrants detention Photo: Lorenzo Carnero/ZUMAPRESS.com/Global Look Press

The Italian justice launched an investigation against former Minister of Internal Affairs Matteo Salvini.

Salvini allegedly used his position as Interior Minister to block 147 rescued migrants at the ship in appalling conditions without letting them disembark in Italian territory in August 2019.

Salvini said it was a joint decision with the cabinet of Ministers to detain the migrants and it was agreed by the former Premier Minister Guiseppe Conte.

“This is the courtroom of the Palermo prison. The trial wanted by the left and by the fans of illegal immigration begins: how much will it cost the Italian citizens?” Salvin said in Tweeter.

The director of the Spanish charity Open Arms Oscar Camps that helps to rescue migrants believes that the trial had no political bias.

“Saving people isn't a crime, but an obligation not only by captains but by the entire state,” Oscar Camps told journalists outside the courtroom.

The prosecutor called Conte and the current Minister of Internal Affairs Luciana Lamorgese and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio as the witnesses in the court.

In August 2019 a group of migrants wasn’t allowed to leave the Spanish private ship Open Arms for six days. Meanwhile, the people were forced to stay in dire conditions without the toilet, food, and drinking water in hot weather.