Italy’s PM and three government ministers face kidnap inquiry

Sicilian prosecutors to investigate case of 47 migrants who were not allowed off rescue ship

Prosecutors in Sicily have placed Italy’s prime minister and three senior members of his government under investigation for false imprisonment over the detention of 47 migrants who were prevented from disembarking from an NGO rescue ship.

Giuseppe Conte, deputy prime ministers Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio, and Italy’s minister of infrastructure, Danilo Toninelli, face charges for refusing to allow migrants to leave the Sea-Watch boat, which rescued them off the coast of Libya on 19 January.

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