Matteo Salvini makes U-turn on prospect of facing kidnapping trial

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Far-right minister initially welcomed potential case but now says it should not happen

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s far-right interior minister, has asked his government to deny prosecutors the right to try him on potential kidnapping charges over his order to prevent 177 people from disembarking a migrant boat.

The move is a stark reversal from Salvini’s previous position that he was ready to be tried and proud of “having defended the country from illegal migrants”.

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