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Budapest, Ilaria Salis leaves prison and goes under house arrest

She will go under house arrest in Budapest: Ilaria Salis can finally leave the Hungarian maximum security prison: the appeal presented by his lawyers – against the decision of judge Jozsef Sós, who denied her house arrest in the hearing on March 28th – was accepted by the court of second instance. The 39-year-old teacher, anti-fascist activist, candidate with Avs in the next European elections, has been detained in Budapest prison for over 15 months on charges of having attacked three far-right militants. The measure, which provides for the electronic bracelet, will become enforceable as soon as the bail required by the court is paid.

«Ilaria is thrilled to finally be able to leave prison and we are very happy to finally be able to embrace her again”, commented her father Roberto. «She's not out of the well yet, but it will certainly be very nice to be able to hug her again after 15 months, although as long as he is in Hungary I don't feel completely at ease». The teacher's two lawyers, Mauro Straini and Eugenio Losco, are also «very satisfied»: «This nightmare for Ilaria is finally over, but her battle continues. During the Question Time in the Chamber, Carlo Nordio, Minister of Justice, also wants to express “satisfaction with the news we received on the granting of house arrest to Ilaria Salis”.

What is she accused of?

The accusation for Ilaria Salis is of having participated in clashes during a demonstration and attacked three demonstrators. She was initially accused of two more crimes, but it was proven that she had not yet arrived in Hungary when they were committed. According to the prosecution, the 39-year-old Italian would have been a member of a group of people with covered facesshown in a video, hitting far-right activists with truncheons. She was not arrested red-handed, but stopped a few hours later when he was in a taxi. She was with two other people. She is charged with the aggravating circumstance of having acted as part of a German criminal association, the Hammerband.

The woman's lawyers said they had not had access to the camera recordings, fundamental evidence for the prosecution, and that they had not had the trial documents translated into Italian and English, with which Salis could have exactly understood the accusations. Those affected would not have filed a complaint and their wounds would have healed in a few days. However, the accusation speaks of potentially lethal injuries.

Source: Vanity Fair

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