Salis case, Hungary: “Italy interference is surprising”. Tajani: “Rights must be respected”

Salis case, Hungary: “Italy interference is surprising”.  Tajani: “Rights must be respected”

Budapest, 28 Feb. (Adnkronos) – “It is surprising that they are trying to interfere with a Hungarian court case from Italy.” This is what the Hungarian Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó, declared, as reported on X by Zoltan Kovacs, spokesman for the Hungarian government, regarding the case of Ilaria Salis.

“This lady, presented as a martyr in Italy, came to Hungary with a clear plan to attack innocent people in the streets as part of a left-wing extremist organization,” said the Hungarian minister who, according to what was announced in another post Kovacs, visiting Rome “emphasized the importance of Italian-Hungarian cooperation, especially in security and economics, with Italy being the second destination for Hungarian exports, and underlining the growing partnership between the two nations”.

The post adds that Szijjártó spoke of a premeditated act: “It was not a crime committed suddenly, but a thought-out and premeditated act. They almost killed people in Hungary and now she is represented as a martyr.”

“I sincerely hope that this lady receives the right punishment in Hungary”, concludes the minister, criticizing, Kovacs states in his post, the Italian media for not showing the victims’ side and only that of Salis”.

Today the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, at the Farnesina. “The Deputy Prime Minister first of all reiterated the attention with which the Government continues to follow the case of Ilaria Salis and expressed satisfaction with the bringing forward of the next hearing to 28 March (initially scheduled for May)”, reads a note from the Farnesina .

At the same time, Tajani gave the Hungarian minister “a new, detailed memo on the detention conditions of his compatriot, highlighting the need for a fair trial and to ensure the dignity and fundamental rights of Mrs. Salis, on whose case there is constant commitment of the Italian Embassy in Budapest”.

“Minister Tajani and the Italian government have long taken the initiative to address the issue of Ms. Salis’ detention conditions as is done in many cases for Italian citizens detained abroad. Without any desire for interference, but with the clear intention of putting pressure to verify that the conditions of detention comply with European regulations which call for the protection of human rights. And this is what the Italian Government will continue to do in this as in other similar cases”, specifies the note.

During the meeting, Minister Szijjártó presented the priorities of the next Hungarian Presidency of the EU Council. The Ministers then discussed the main international and European dossiers, focusing in particular on the situation in the Western Balkans. With reference to Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country of priority interest for both Italy and Hungary, which in fact ensures the command of the Eufor Althea mission, Tajani reiterated the Government’s commitment to supporting Sarajevo’s European path and recalled that will visit the country next week.


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