guilty of instigation to commit a crime

MILANO – To define the former commander of the Sea Watch3, Carola Rackete, “delinquent”, “criminal” and “accomplice of human traffickers” is an instigation to commit a crime. This is the opinion of the lawyer Alessandro Gamberini, lawyer of the German activist, who today in the courtroom reiterated his no to the request for dismissal formulated by the Milan prosecutor’s office against the leader of the League and former Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini , for the crime of incitement to commit a crime.

The Milanese proceedings against Salvini originated from the lawsuit presented to the Rome prosecutor’s office by the German activist who was arrested at the end of June 2019 after forcing the blockade of the Guardia di Finanza patrol boat to bring the Sea Watch3 into the port of Lampedusa and disembark 42 migrants hosted on board the ship. An initiative harshly criticized by Salvini who – first in a Facebook live broadcast on July 3, 2019 and then in a rally on July 18 – attacked Rackete, calling her a “sbroffoncella”, “delinquent” and “criminal” as, in his opinion, directly responsible of the attempted murder of the 5 soldiers of the Yellow Flames aboard the patrol boat rammed by the Sea Watch3 to enter the port of the island. Words that, Carola Rackete wrote in the complaint-lawsuit, are not “manifestations of a legitimate right of criticism” but “gratuitous and defamatory attacks on my person with direct and indirect threatening tones”.

The investigative documents were then transferred from Rome to Milan, the city of residence of the leader of the League. The dossier was entrusted to the prosecutor Giancarla Serafini who, having made all the investigative investigations of the case, ordered the direct summons to the judgment of Salvini but only for the crime of defamation, requesting the dismissal of the accusation of instigation to the criminal. Request to which Carola Rackete, through her lawyer, opposed. “These are even more serious words – the lawyer Gamberini said today in the courtroom – because they were pronounced by a party leader who held the institutional position of Minister of the Interior”.

The opinion of the lawyer Claudia Eccher, Salvini’s defender, was different, and in the courtroom she referred to the arguments of the prosecution: “No incitement to commit a crime, only political criticism”, is the defensive line of the leader of the League. The ball now passes to the investigating judge Onion. There are three possible scenarios: the judge could accept the request of the Prosecutor and the Salvini defense and order the filing, order new and more in-depth investigations or order the forced indictment of the leader of the League who, in this case, would find himself on trial not only for defamation of Carola Rackete but also for incitement to commit a crime against the former commander of the Sea Watch3. To find out what the verdict will be, however, we will have to wait a few more days: the judge, as usual, has entered the reserve.

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