Migrants from North Africa set sail on the Mediterranean already in possession of phone numbers of a Soros-funded organization’s lawyer in their pockets, said Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini in reference to a report from Italian daily Il Giornale.
The migrants contacted the lawyer while they were still sailing on a damaged rubber boat from Libya to Europe. The lawyer then filed an appeal on their behalf with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) while they were still at sea.
The case has been highlighted Salvini, leader of the conservative Lega party, who reacted in a tweet to the news:
“Crazy! With the collaboration of the lawyers of an association financed by Soros… In the meantime, the government welcomes everyone on the ferry at the expense of the Italians. Sooner or later we will vote …,” Salvini wrote.
Pazzesco! Con la collaborazione degli avvocati dell’associazione finanziata da Soros… Nel frattempo il governo accoglie tutti sul traghetto a spese degli Italiani.
Prima o poi si voterà…
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) April 21, 2020
According to Il Giornale, a boat with at least 47 migrants on board left the Libyan port of Al Khoms on the night of April 8 to April 9, only to send an SOS signal one day later, on April 10, via the Alarm Phone network — a telephone hotline offering support to migrants in distress on the Mediterranean Sea. The organization does not carry out rescue operations itself, but instead draws attention to emergency situations at sea.
The network then alerted Italian and Maltese authorities through Twitter. Maltese authorities issued a call to all vessels in the area saying Malta was not in a position to provide safe harbor.
But even before any decision was made about their landing, a lawyer filed a complaint at the Strasbourg court of European human rights against Maltese authorities, followed soon afterwards by a second one against the Italian authorities for denying help.
The appeal was filed by Italian lawyer Lucia Gennari on behalf of two of the boat’s occupants, 28-year-old of Sudanese national A. W. M. and 21-year-old Ivory Coast national N.D.
The migrants in question were eventually rescued by fishing boat that passed by them in the Mediterranean, which brought all the occupants of the dinghy boat back to Libya, including the migrants who contacted the two lawyers. Now, there is a pending court case claiming that it was illegal not to rescue the migrants and allow them access to European ports along with other alleged violations.
As Remix News previously reported, the ECHR is greatly under the influence of judges who have receiving funding or who have worked for billionaire financier George Soros’s Open Society Foundation or affiliated projects.
Following Salvini losing power with his former coalition partners of the Five Star Movement, Italy resumed allowing migrant NGO boats to land in Italian ports. Recently, the coronavirus has forced Italy to shut its ports once more, but there are reports of migrants still landing after being subjected to quarantine.
Title image: Migrants on the Mediterranean (illustration)