On Friday, former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini witnessed a case against him to prevent him from landing the “Gregoretti” ship, which was carrying 131 immigrants, in July 2019.
Salvini was charged with the crime of “kidnapping”, but the Catania court decided to dismiss the case.
However, last month the Palermo court decided to continue a similar process: blocking the arrival of some 150 migrants rescued by a Spanish ship in August 2019.
The former minister said, “I will be happy” and dedicated the ruling to his sons “to the good Italians and foreigners” and to the law enforcement agencies, stressing that his goal is “to defend Italy’s dignity and its borders” and that he will “do even” if he returns to the government.
The case took place between July 27 and 31, 2019, when the then-Minister of the Interior prevented more than one scene of migrants from landing in an Italian port, causing them to remain for several days on board the ship Gregoretti, in the Mediterranean.
At that time, a “closed port policy” was in effect, which aimed to pressure the rest of the European Union (EU) member states to accept the transfer of those people who arrived on the Italian coasts, via the Mediterranean migration route.