Exclusive: Italian deputy prime minister placed under formal investigation over the detention of more than 100 people on the Ubaldo Diciotti

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister and minister of the interior, has been formally placed under investigation for the possible illegal detention and kidnapping of over 100 people, after he refused to let a group of refugees and migrants disembark from a coastguard rescue ship.

The Ubaldo Diciotti has been docked since Monday at the Sicilian port of Catania, initially with 177 migrants on board. Salvini said no one would be allowed to leave the boat until he had guarantees that other European nations would take most of them in.

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