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Matteo Salvini: Italy’s far-right governor spends his parliamentary immunity

Italian senators have endorsed stripping far-right pioneer Matteo Salvini of the parliamentary immunity.

It is concerning a situation last year after he refused to allow a rescue boat carrying dozens of migrants dock on the island of Lampedusa.

Thursday’s vote was shut. 149 senators voted, 141 against.

“I’m proud to have defended Italy and I’d do it,” explained Salvini, responding to the vote.

Prosecutors from the Sicilian city of Palermo accuse Salvini of abusing his abilities as a then-interior minister in August 2019 to protect against the Spanish NGO Open Arms boat from docking in Lampedusa. The rescue boat was marooned at sea for almost 3 weeks with over 150 migrants aboard.

He insisted that the decision to prevent migrants from getting off the boat — before a deal has been reached by EU nations to take them was attained collectively inside the authorities.

That is the same defence Salvini is utilizing in another similar trial, where he’s accused of preventing migrants from disembarking in the Italian”Gregoretti” coast guard boat last July.

In February, the Senate voted to strip Salvini of the parliamentary immunity in that circumstance. The hearing was postponed three times because of this coronavirus pandemic and is currently scheduled to happen in Sicily on October 3.

Salvini’s resistance League celebration remains the most popular in Italy, but it’s been slipping in opinion polls. A Demopolis poll this week discovered that it has fallen over 11 points annually.