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Salis wouldn't be first criminal at EP says Fidesz

Salis wouldn't be first criminal at EP says Fidesz

But her candidacy is inconceivable for us says ex Rome envoy

ROME, 24 April 2024, 15:06

ANSA English Desk



Ilaria Salis would not be the first criminal to be elected to the European Parliament, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party said Wednesday of the Italian antifascist on trial in Budapest for allegedly attacking neo-Nazis who is a candidate in the June 8-9 vote for Italy's Green-Left Alliance (AVS).
    "If Ilaria Salis were to sit at the European chamber in July it wouldn't be a problem, indeed she would not be the first criminal in this chamber," said Fidesz MEP and former Rome ambassador Eniko Gyori, speaking to the Italian media in Strasbourg about the 39-year-old Monza lementary teacher accused of attempted murder for her part in a German-led hammer gang that allegedly targeted neoNazis on their Day of Honour commemorating an SS regiment's "heroic" resistance against the Red Army in February 2023.
    Gyori added, however, that "the fact that the Greens have decided to candidate her is inconceivable for us".
    The AVS candidacy is a bid to get Salis released, at least to the house arrest she has been denied, with her hopeful EP immunity from prosecution.
    The Hungarian prosecutor has asked for a prison term of 11 years but Salis's father says she risks as long as 24 years in jail on charges of attempted murder.
    The alleged victims of her alleged attack did not reportedly complain to police.
    Rome has repeatedly protested after Salis was led into court on several occasions on a chain with her hands and ankles cuffed, which Budapest says is standard procedure for its prisoners.
    She is also allegedly being held in a jail with bedbugs, rats and routine mistreatment, her supporters say, a claim Budapest denies.
    Her father says she was tortured in order to get her to confess to her alleged crime.
    Premier Giorgia Meloni, who is a friend and ally of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has dismissed Salis's run as a doomed attempt to politicise her case, "which does not help".
    Hungary has said its judiciary is independent despite repeated rule of law issues with the European Union.


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