(ANSA) – PALERMO, OCTOBER 23 – Italy was not competent to assign a safe harbor to the ship of the NGO Open Arms. The defense of Senator Matteo Salvini, on trial in Palermo for having banned the landing of 147 migrants rescued at sea by the Spanish boat, in August 2019.
Salvini’s lawyer, the lawyer Giulia Bongiorno, requested, in addition to the examination of the leader of the League, the acquisition of two dismissal decrees which exclude, in cases similar to that of the Open Arms, the Italian competence in the assignment of the Pos (Place of safety) and, again on the subject of the absence of Italian competence, the notes of the Foreign Ministry in which it was reiterated that Spain should be the one to establish the safe harbor. The defense also asked to acquire the 2019 directive which established the measures to be taken against NGOs that disregarded the indications of a state.
In the list of documents requested by Salvini’s defense also the indications of the Government which highlighted the Italian policy on landings and which sanctioned the need to reach an agreement at European level on the distribution of migrants before the assignment of the Pos and authorization upon landing.
The Public Prosecutor did not oppose the requests for documentary acquisition of the lawyer Bongiorno except for the admission of newspaper articles or press releases. (HANDLE).
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