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'No one is above the law': Italy's president appears to take aim at Salvini

Discussion in 'The NF Café' started by Saishin, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. Saishin Hajimemashite

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    Italian President Sergio Mattarella appeared to offer a warning to Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday, as he cautioned that Italy's justice system wouldn't make exceptions for politicians.

    "No citizen is above the law," Mattarella told lawmakers and dignitaries at the lower house of parliament, stressing that there was no special privilege for anyone – "neither those in public office, nor politicians".

    While he didn't mention Salvini by name, many people took his comments to be a jab at the interior minister, who is facing after he refused to allow more than 100 people rescued at sea to get off an Italian coastguard ship, the Diciotti, that arrived in Sicily last month. After several days in port the vessel was eventually allowed to disembark when the Catholic Church brokered a three-way deal with Ireland and Albania to take the migrants in.

    Public prosecutors in Sicily are currently investigating whether there is enough evidence to pursue the case.

    Salvini, who has dismissed the accusations against him, showed himself defiant once again after the president's remarks.

    "President Mattarella pointed out today that 'no one is above the law'. He's right," the interior minister and deputy prime minister wrote on Facebook. "That's why I, respecting the law, the constitution and my commitment to the Italian people, have closed and will close the ports to human traffickers.

    "Investigate me and put me on trial, I'll keep going."

    Mattarella was speaking at a memorial for former president Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, who headed the Italian state throughout the far-reaching political corruption scandals of the 1990s that saw scores of lawmakers disgraced and several parties disbanded.

    Quoting his predecessor, Mattarella said that "justice can never be right-wing, centre or left-wing... The Italian Republic and its democracy are governed by rules. Respecting them is indispensable: always, no matter the intention of those who propose breaking them."

    The president has clashed with Salvini before, in the heat of post-election negotiations when nominated by a coalition of Salvini's League and Italy's largest party, the Five Star Movement, and moved to appoint a cabinet of technocrats instead.

    After several days of uncertainty and amid threats to start impeachment proceedings, the coalition eventually agreed to appoint a different finance minister and switch their nominee to a less sensitive portfolio.

    Since the coalition government took office in June, , saying that talk of closing borders was a knee-jerk response and calling for a more rational solution.

    "No citizen is above the law," Mattarella said at the Lower House during an event celebrating the memory of former head of State Oscar Luigi Scalfaro.
    "The republic and its democracy and presided over by rules, the respect of which is indispensable, always, no matter what the intention is of those of propose breaking them. "Elected judges do not exist in our system. Our magistrates derive their legitimacy and authoritativeness from the role given to them by the Constitution.
    "So they are not called upon to following electoral orientations, they must apply the law and its rules".

  2. Ruthless Tsuchikage Well-Known Member

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    Now that's not very accurate of him. To a populist politicians are never above the law....except if they happen to be populist politicians.