Rescue groups have praised the decision to try the far-flung Italian politician, which will begin in September.
An Italian judge has ruled that Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League, must stand trial. Abduction About his decision to prevent more than 100 refugees and migrants from landing in the country in 2019 on a rescue ship.
Salvini, who was then home minister and deputy prime minister, left the people Stuck Towards the sea until prosecutors seize the ship and order the evacuation of the occupants.
The trial is set to begin on September 15 in Palermo, South.
At the heart of the case, the Spanish NGO Proteva Open Arms, which operates the Open Arms rescue ship, welcomed the judge’s decision.
Its founder, Oscar Campus, said it was “shameful to violate fundamental rights such as the protection of people at sea in the interests of political propaganda,” adding that the judge would have “an opportunity to judge the period of European history”.
During the standoff, some people threw themselves overboard in frustration as the captain requested for a safe, nearby port. Finally, after a 19-day ordeal, the remaining six on board were allowed to land in Lampedusha.
If convicted at the end of a three-stage trial, Salvini, who has made the most political fortunes in the anti-immigration campaign, could face up to 15 years in prison.
A certain belief may prevent him from running for office.
“I hold my head high in my name, judging in your name and mine. Italy always comes first, ”Salvini tweeted shortly after the verdict.
“It is the sacred duty of the citizen to protect our country … that is what I am trying to do.”
During his time as interior minister, Salvini blocked several boats in Italy in an attempt to stem the flow of migrants and regularly accused charities of managing them to effectively encourage trafficking.
He withdrew from the coalition government in the summer of 2012 after his party lost the election.
Leo, now part of Mario Draghi’s two-month-long national unity government, lost more than 10 points of voter support, but most opinion polls show Italy as the most popular party with about 23 percent of the vote.
Salvini is under further investigation, with similar staff involved in the Italian coastguard ship Gregoritti refusing to let Salvini dock in the summer of 2019.
Prosecutor in the case, Catania, Sicily prosecutor Andrea Bonomo last week recommended Salvini not to stand trial, arguing that he was following government policy if he kept 11 immigrants at sea for five days.