Charges

Italy’s ex-interior minister faces possible charges for blocking migrants

Former interior minister and leader of the League Party Matteo Salvini attends a party rally in San Giovanni La Punta, near Catania, Sicily
Former interior minister and leader of the League Party Matteo Salvini attends a party rally in San Giovanni La Punta, near Catania, Sicily

Italy’s right-wing leader Matteo Salvini has appeared before a court in Sicily that will decide whether he will face trial for blocking 131 migrants for several days on a coast guard ship in 2019 when he was interior minister.

The hearing was adjourned until November 20, when Premier Giuseppe Conte has been summoned as a witness.

The court has also called foreign minister Luigi Di Maio, who was vice premier at the time of the standoff, as well as the current interior minister and the former defence and transport ministers.

Mr Salvini, who has largely faded from the public spotlight since being ousted as a minister, has turned the preliminary hearing into a political rally of sorts, staging days of events in a piazza in Catania to rail against Mr Conte’s government.

The League’s leader Matteo Salvini wearing a face mask, leaves after a hearing in court in the Sicilian city of Catania, southern Italy
Matteo Salvini leaves after a hearing in court in the Sicilian city of Catania, southern Italy (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

The Senate voted in February to lift Mr Salvini’s parliamentary immunity, paving the way for a possible trial on charges of kidnapping and abuse of power.

The Gregoretti was stuck at sea for days in July 2019 until a judge approved its landing in Augusta, Sicily.

The Senate has also lifted his immunity in a second case, in which he is accused of refusing to allow 164 migrants off a rescue ship in Sicily.

A preliminary hearing in that case is pending.

During his 14 months as interior minister, Mr Salvini repeatedly denied ships carrying rescued migrants access to ports.

The policy resulted in numerous standoffs, leaving migrants stuck at sea for many weeks before European countries could identify a willing port or courts intervened.

Man In Bathroom Spying Case Faces Charges In Middle Twp.: Police

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, NJ — A man accused of secretly recording girls at a middle school in Gloucester Township now faces similar charges related to the Cape May Technical School, authorities announced on Thursday.

Gregory Mahley, 51 of West Deptford, is accused of recording multiple people who used a bathroom at the school over the course of just over a year, Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announced.

Sutherland believes the incidents occurred on Oct. 15, 2013; March 20, 2014; and April 22, 2014. The alleged victims who are now adults, have been identified and were contacted regarding this investigation, according to Sutherland.

Mahley has been charged with 10 counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (manufacturing of child pornography) and 10 counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).

Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Middle Township Police Department opened a joint investigation with the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office after it was learned that Mahley had set up cameras to record students using the girls bathroom at Glen Landing Middle School in Gloucester Township. Read more here: Man Used Mirror To Spy On Bathroom In Gloucester Township School: PD

Mahley will remain lodged at the Camden County Correctional Center pending court proceedings.
Anyone who may have information related to Mahley or the investigation in Cape May County is asked to contact the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700 or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit at 609-465-1135.

They may also report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers, 609-465-2800.

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