4/17/2021, 6:06 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Salvini to stand trial for not allowing migrants to dock

Lega Nord Federal Secretary Matteo Salvini was charged on Saturday with kidnapping for his attempt to forbid the disembarkation of more than 100 migrants on Italy's shores in July 2019.

Salvini responded by saying he was doing his "sacred duty" to Italy. "I'm going on trial for this, for having defended my country? I'll go with my head held high, also in your name," he tweeted.

Back in 2019, the then-Deputy Prime Minister refused for days to allow the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms that had 147 migrants onboard to enter and dock in Italy.

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