Actor Richard Gere summoned to testify against right-wing leader Matteo Salvini in Sicily migrant case

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The migrants were aboard a ship owned by Spanish NGO Open Arms, which Salvini refused to allow to land in Italy in August 2019, leaving them stuck at sea and risking their lives.

Among the witnesses listed in the trial is American actor Richard Gere, who visited the migrants while waiting off the coast of Italy, which, for Salvini, is an example of the lack of seriousness of the charges leveled against him.

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Speaking to reporters after the first hearing in Palermo on Saturday, he questioned, “Let’s talk about Richard Gere. You tell me how serious a trial is, where no one has to testify about my inferiority to Hollywood. comes for.”

The day before he joked that if Gere was officially made a witness, he would ask for an autograph for his mother.

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Other evidence used against Salvini includes communication records from the NGO ship and emergency calls from the Italian Coast Guard, when he designated the port of Lampedusa as a port, to determine at what point and How did Salvini intervene?

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Salvini has repeatedly denied the hijacking allegations, but has admitted to preventing the ship from docking in Italy, saying it was his duty as interior minister.

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They argue that since the open arms vessel was Spanish flagged, the migrants should have been taken to Spain.

His lawyer Giulia Bongiorno, who had previously represented Rafael Solecito in his trial with Amanda Knox for the murder of Meredith Kercher, has argued that the trial should not even take place under Italian jurisdiction as the ship is Spanish and a Spanish one. The flagged ship did not have the right to dock in an Italian port without permission.

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