Salvini Fights Back after Italy strips him of Parliamentary Immunity – Paving the Way for Migrant Kidnapping Trial (Watch)
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Left-wing Italian senators voted to strip parliamentary immunity from the popular conservative leader, Matteo Salvini, paving the way for him to stand trial for allegations of “Kidnapping”, which in reality was preventing 164 dangerous illegal migrants from disembarking from a Soros-funded NGO ship last year.
Senators voted 149 to 141 in favor of Salvini standing trial for the spin-doctored charge of “kidnapping” illegal migrants.
The former interior minister, deputy prime minister, as well as leader of the League Party, has been accused by prosecutors in the Sicilian city of Palermo, of illegally refusing to let some the illegal migrants disembark on Italian soil from the controversial Spanish NGO boat Open Arms last year.
Salvini refused to grant Open Arms, an NGO ship who has been widely accused of human trafficking, permission to dock in an Italian port in August last year. The boat remained at sea for several weeks until a number of European Union countries took the illegal migrants in. Salvini had asked the ship to leave Italian waters and go to Spain where the government invited the boat to dock.
As previously reported at RAIR, Salvini released a video exposing the coordination between NGO migrant ships and illegal human traffickers:
These human smugglers are transporting migrants from the just off the coast of Libya to the shores of Italy. Shockingly, these human traffickers actually leverage their Facebook page to promote their services and recruit ‘customers.’
In February, the socialist-led Senate voted to lift Salvini’s immunity for a similar case involving an Italian illegal migrant boat. The hearing however, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Salvini was charged again with so-called, “aggravated kidnapping” along with other charges for refusing to allow 131 illegal and potentially dangerous migrants to disembark from an a fishing boat named the Accursio Giarratano.
If Sicilian prosecutors put Salvini on trial and he is found guilty of the charges, he could face up to 15 years in prison. Despite the well organized left-wing attacks on the beloved Italian Leader, Salvini has continued to boldly fight for his country and citizens.
Salvini has repeatedly said that he acted in Italy’s national interest and that the charges against him throughout the years are politically motivated, aimed at silencing criticism of Italy’s open-door migration policy.
He told the Senate Thursday: “I give thanks to those sending me to trial because it is a gift to me. I go with my head held high.” He continued, “The fans of open ports have their hands dirty with blood. And they have transformed the Mediterranean into a common grave”.
Salvini reminded the left of his determination and commitment to never back down to their attacks,
I recall that if anyone thinks or thought, having also heard the speeches this morning, to bring fear to me, the center-right, my movement, with the umpteenth political trial, you have chosen the wrong person; you have chosen the wrong party [League party]….You give me, if not more strength, more conviction to defend our ideas”
Those left-wing Senator’s trying to imprison him, will face consequences of their own, declared Salvini:
e will not send you to a courtroom. It will be the citizens who will judge you, not the judges. Because it will happen to one of you… thanking you for what is obviously a political trial, thanking the millions of Italians, the silent, industrious, hard-working majority, who ask for immigration that is useful, limited, positive, controlled, and qualified.
Watch Salvini’s impassioned speech on the floor of Italy’s Senate:
A recent Italian poll taken revealed that a plurality of Italians believe Salvini should not be put on trial and it wrong for the Senate to strip the leader of his parliamentary immunity. The left-wing’s political witch hunt aimed at eliminating Salvini and flooding Italy with illegals will likely backfire on his opponents and only boost his poll numbers.
Transcript: many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation:
I recall that if anyone thinks or thought, having also heard the speeches this morning, to bring fear to me, the center-right, my movement, with the umpteenth political trial, you have chosen the wrong person; you have chosen the wrong party. You give me, if not more strength, more conviction to defend our ideas. And every reference to a political trial against Lombardy and Lombardians, ignoring what happened in Rome and Lazio is definitely wanted. Is definitely wanted. On the one hand, a donation is investigated, and on the other hand, you pretend as if it is nothing that 14 million public euros paid for masks which never arrived. But time is a gentleman. Time is a gentleman. Today, you send Salvini to trial. A political trial, which seems absolutely evident. Tomorrow, as the wheels turn, I tell you beforehand, when it happens to one of you, because it will happen to one of you, the Lega will stand on the side of guarantees of liberty in the citizens’ parliament. We will not send you to a courtroom. It will be the citizens who will judge you, not the judges. Because it will happen to one of you… thanking you for what is obviously a political trial, thanking the millions of Italians, the silent, industrious, hard-working majority, who ask for immigration that is useful, limited, positive, controlled, and qualified. Because my pride as a minister — a kidnapper for some — is that thanks to the control of illegal immigration, we have more than halved the deaths in the Mediterranean Sea. The fans of open ports have their hands dirty with blood. And they have transformed the Mediterranean into a common grave. Thanks to all of you who will send me to trial, because you are giving me a great present. And in that trial, unlike many, I will go with my head held high and my back straight.