An Italian Senate committee voted Tuesday to obstruct an investigation into accusations of kidnapping from Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini over his choice to carry 150 migrants on board a boat for five days last August.
The committee voted 16 to 6 to stop the research into Salvini, who is also interior minister and the chief of this hard-right League celebration that rules in a coalition together with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement.
The case has sown branch within the authorities and specifically within Five Star, that has built its own aid on pledges to bring transparency to Italian politics and has harshly criticised previous parliamentary manoeuvring to stop judicial proceeding against lawmakers.
Prosecutors at Sicily have sought permission to research Salvini for misuse of power and kidnapping over the case of all both migrants held on board the Diciotti coast guard boat.
When Salvini occurred in June of last year, he blocked humanitarian ships taking rescued migrants out of Italy’s ports and stated he’d allow migrants on coast just in the event the European partners consented to shoot them.
In the case of the Diciotti, migrants rescued at sea were permitted to disembark when Albania and Ireland offered to accept a number of these and Italy’s Catholic Church agreed to take responsibility for the remainder at no cost to the citizen.
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Five Star chief Luigi Di Maio held an internet ballot of the movement’s core supporters on Monday and 59 percent voted to protect Salvini. The senators about Immunity Committee and the Elections of the movement stated they’d honor that expectancy.
“We have provided the guarantee for this administration to maintain functioning,” Mario Michele Giarrusso, a Five Star senator who sits on the committee, said after the vote.
Opposition lawmakers from the Democratic Party (PD) prevailed loudly at the courtyard outside the living room, holding up signs that read”pity” and chanting one of the Five Star mottos:”Honesty, honesty, honesty!”
Salvini stated he asked for parliamentary immunity as his decision to obstruct the migrants was in the best interest of the nation and was taken with his allies. Five Star and prime Minister Giuseppe Conte have backed this position.
Many observers said they dread that the vote represents an unprecedented route in Italian politics.
“It is an inconsistent way of politics,” said Senator Gregorio De Falco, a one time Five Star Movement MP who abandoned the populist celebration after being frozen for not endorsing its policy on migration.
“The Movement risks losing its validity along with killing people’s expectation because of an adventurous and insufficient political class,” De Falco told Al Jazeera.
Virginia Pietromarchi led to this report