Richard Gere will also be on the list of witnesses for the Open Arms trial: he has been called to testify against Matteo Savini. Sara in Palermo on 23 October. This was announced by the leader of the League himself, on an electoral tour. “I know him as an actor, but I don’t understand what kind of lesson he can teach me, the Italian to Italians about our rules and our laws,” says Salvini.
“If anyone thinks of turning the trial into a show and wants to see Richard Gere, go to the cinema, not to court.”
It’s still: “I’ll ask him for an autograph to take to my mom. But I would like to know how much this stuff here will cost Italian taxpayers, which would not be possible in any other country ».
Salvini explained that he will call all members of the M5s-Lega government to testify, including former premier Giuseppe Conte. Then, however, he added in an ironic tone: “I found out he says that the mayor of Barcelona will be called to testify against me, because the NGO I blocked is Spanish.” And he ironized: «Me I asked my lawyer to be able to bring Checco Zalone, the Rich and the Poor, Al Bano. Let’s do a great cantata. It is not a serious country ».
The leader of the League was indicted in April: it is accused of kidnapping and omission of official documents for not allowing the ship of the NGO Open Arms to land in a safe harbor in August 2019. The 147 migrants were then rescued in the Strait of Sicily: Gere (who had defined Salvini a “baby Trump”) had reached Lampedusa the boat of the Spanish NGO to give its support to the crew and people on board.