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Prosecutors drop most charges against Salvini in migrant case


Rome, Sep 8 (IANS/AKI) Sicilian prosecutors have dropped all charges but one -- kidnapping -- against Italy's in the case of 177 rescued migrants left stranded on a coastguard ship last month after refused to allow them ashore.

Salvini's Piantedosi no longer faces charges in the case, prosecutors said.

Palermo presiding said on Friday he was instructing Italy's special ministerial court to investigate for the single charge of kidnapping the 177 migrants, who spend 10 days aboard the Diciotti patrol vessel after Salvini refused to allow them to disembark in Catania unless the "stepped in".

"Senator Salvini has been informed of this procedure, and the victims of the alleged offence are in the process of being informed, as required by law," the Sicilian prosecutors stated.

Prosecutors in August said they were probing Salvini and Piantedosi for kidnapping in order to coerce, illegal detention, abuse of office and negligence in the Diociotti case, an investigation Salvini said "would not stop" his drive against migration.

Salvini ordered the migrants to be allowed off the Diciotti on August 25 after and and agreed to take 45 while the agreed to take most of the others and relocate them to parishes across

appeared in the Diciotti standoff to have flouted the European Convention on Human Rights which states that any asylum seeker detained for more than 48 hours should be released and given the opportunity to apply for refugee status.



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First Published: Sat, September 08 2018. 00:34 IST