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Italy committee gives go-ahead for Salvini migrant trial


Added 01-20-20 02:04:03pm EST - “An Italian senate committee voted Monday to strip former interior minister Matteo Salvini of his parliamentary immunity, opening the way for him to stand trial for allegedly illegally detaining migrants at sea last year. "They'll…” - News.yahoo.com

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Rome (AFP) - An Italian senate committee voted Monday to strip former interior minister Matteo Salvini of his parliamentary immunity, opening the way for him to stand trial for allegedly illegally detaining migrants at sea last year.

"They'll have to find a very large courtroom, for it will be a trial against the Italian people," Salvini, head of the far-right League party, said on Facebook ahead of the vote.

The ruling followed the recommendation by a court in Sicily that Salvini stand trial for blocking migrants on a coastguard boat last July.

Under Italian law ministers cannot be tried for actions taken in office unless a parliamentary committee gives the go-ahead.

The final decision rests with the Senate, which will be called to give its opinion in a vote likely to be held in February, Italian media said.

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