September 16, 2021
He had basically called a “bribe” to Matteo Salvini, who had promptly sued him for defamation. The trial, however, will never take place. Because Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian Prime Minister from 1999 to 2008 and today leader of the Alde group in the European Parliament, will avail himself of the immunity that belongs to the members of the Strasbourg assembly. To grant it was the same assembly that on Monday voted by secret ballot. Out of 687 present, 572 have chosen to consider the accusations made by Verhofstadt to Salvini as opinions expressed in the performance of his functions as a representative of the people. Consequently not prosecutable by law. A choice, that of the European Parliament, clearly controversial. On February 13, 2020, the Belgian politician had hoped in a tweet that justice would be done for the “massive corruption with Russian oil bribes” against Salvini. From there, the accusation of defamation by the leaders of the League took place at the Trento Court. The trial, however, will not take place.