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Italian activist goes on trial in Hungary attack case

Italian teacher Ilaria Salis was arrested in Budapest in February last year and charged with attacking alleged neo-Nazis (Attila KISBENEDEK)

An Italian anti-fascist activist on Friday went on trial in Hungary for presumably assaulting neo-Nazis in a case that has actually triggered stress in between the 2 EU allies.

Ilaria Salis, 39, got to the Budapest court accompanied by her daddy, with Italy’s ambassador and a crowd of Italian reporters likewise in presence.

She delegated applause after the court heard testament from among the victims of masked enemies and 2 witnesses. None of the 3 might personally recognize Salis.

The case has actually been front-page news in Italy after Salis appeared in court in January handcuffed and chained, with her feet shackled.

The instructor from Monza, near Milan, was apprehended in Budapest in February 2023 following a counter-demonstration versus a neo-Nazi rally.

She had actually been imprisoned waiting for trial up until Thursday, when she was launched into home arrest.

Her case has actually triggered stress in between Rome and Budapest in spite of the cordial relations in between their reactionary prime ministers, Italy’s Giorgia Meloni and Hungary’s Viktor Orban, with Rome making a number of main problems on behalf of Salis.

District attorneys declare Salis took a trip to Budapest particularly to perform attacks versus “unwary victims determined as, or viewed as, reactionary sympathisers” to discourage “agents of the reactionary motion”.

She was charged with 3 counts of tried attack and implicated of becoming part of a severe left-wing criminal organisation in the wake of a counter-demonstration versus a yearly neo-Nazi rally.

Salis rejects the charges — which might see her imprisoned for as much as 11 years — and states she is being maltreated for her political beliefs.

A next hearing is set for September, with Salis’s attorney Gyorgy Magyar grumbling that his customer has yet to get all the case files in her native language.

Salis’s daddy Roberto Salis and Italian ambassador Manuel Jacoangeli likewise grumbled that Salis’s address in Budapest read out in court, stating it put her “at threat”.

– ‘Right side of history’ –

A bold Salis informed Italian paper La Stampa through her daddy in an interview released recently that she was “on the best side of history”.

Last month, the Italian Green and Left Alliance (AVS) chosen Salis as their lead prospect for the approaching European elections.

If the celebration gathers sufficient votes at the tally, Salis might have the ability to declare parliamentary resistance, which would result in a suspension of criminal procedures versus her.

Salis’s case has actually been extremely politicised, with the Hungarian nationalist federal government regularly discussing it.

It has actually consistently knocked the media for presumably illustrating Salis as a “martyr”, rather indicating what it called the “cruelty” of her supposed criminal offenses.

– ‘No toilet tissue, soap’ –

Salis’s daddy declares that his child was kept in inhumane jail conditions up until January when her case got considerable media protection.

“For 8 days, she was kept in a jail in a singular cell, without being offered with toilet tissue, hygienic towels, and soap… in Italy, we would consider this abuse,” Roberto Salis informed AFP ahead of the trial.

The Council of Europe has actually criticised Hungary’s overcrowded jails.

Hungarian authorities have actually rejected allegations of ill-treatment.

In the past, Hungary came under heavy criticism both in the house and abroad over a questionable terrorism conviction handed to a Syrian male for his function in a border riot in 2015.

District attorneys had actually implicated Ahmed Hamed of utilizing a loudspeaker to manage violence and tossing stones at Hungarian cops to require them to open the border with Serbia, at first handing him a 10-year prison term.


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