Here are the points on which Matteo Salvini tip of his defence in the case of the Open Arms, the more difficult ( for him) of the inquiries in which he is accused of kidnapping and abuse or omission of acts of office. Salvini has filed this morning to the committee the authorization to proceed in his defence. Tomorrow the president of the council of the Senate, Gasparri will make his proposal and then start the debate. 27 the vote on the request for authorization to proceed against former minister of the Interior advanced by the court of the ministers in Palermo
"the indication of The safe Port belonged to Spain, or Malta, and certainly not to Italy, writes Salvini - and the commander of the ship has deliberately rejected the port indicated, subsequently, from Madrid, losing precious time only for the purpose of being landed immigrants in Sicily as it had done in march 2018 provides a process for private violence, and aiding and abetting illegal immigration". The reference Salvini is the investigation still in progress at the court of Ragusa to the commander Marc Ruig and ambassador Anabel Monter.
Salvini recalls that the first Countries contacted and informed by the Open Arms after the rescue operations had been to Spain / the country of the flag of the vessel) and Malta ( area closest to the point of bailouts. "Italy" he said, "Salvini - he had no competence, and no obligations with respect to all of the rescues carried out by the Spanish vessel" Open Arms because it occurred entirely outside of its area of relevance. To prove the correspondence between Valletta and Madrid in the first days of August 2019 in regard to the Pos. There is a mutual dribble of responsibility, but is never mentioned Rome."
Contrary to what is claimed by the court of Palermo, with Salvini "is, surely, the flag State of the ship, which has provided the rescue that should indicate the Pos in the cases of operations carried out in autonomy from ships Ngo". According to Salvini, therefore, the Open Arms would have to head towards other Countries which were obliged to accept it.
The former minister also asserts that the order of the tar of Lazio that had canceled the ban on the entry into territorial waters by him signed on the first of August can in no way be interpreted as "the right to the landing and mooring". Salvini recalled how the Open Arms is approved only to carry 19 people, and then, after you rescue the first 55 and then 69 people, "he would have had to immediately head to Spain, Malta or Tunisia. Instead, the commander has deliberately chosen Italy as the place of berthing and landing". And instead, the master has rejected the Pos granted by Spain on the 18th of August, and declined the assistance of the harbour Master of the Italian "that it was available to accompany the ship to Spain, taking on board some of the immigrants."
"it's paradoxical, then, concludes Salvini - to assert that the mere fact of being the entrance in Italian waters without having obtained the Pos, may constitute the crime of kidnapping. The events of August 2019 are similar to those of the march 16, 2018, which had involved Open Arms, and the commandant himself, and to which the public prosecutor of ragusa had called for the indictment with the charges of private violence, and aiding and abetting of illegal immigration. The ministry of the interior is the part of the injured party".
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