Ilaria Salisthe process begins budapest. The 39-year-old teacher from Monza, accused of having participated in the attack on two neo-Nazis, appeared in the courtroom chained, handcuffed at the wrists and with her feet tied with leather shackles with padlocks. The woman, wearing a light sweater with horizontal stripes and holding a dark purse, entered with a smile toward the audience. A woman from the security forces dragged her by a chain. For Salis lThe Budapest prosecutor’s office asked for 11 years in prison.
Salis’ defense was supported by a lawyer from the Gyorgy Magyar law firm, known for its commitment to human rights issues. Reserving the right to present counter-evidence at a later stage of the trial, the attorney responded by arguing that the evidence of Salis’s involvement in the attacks is questionable, as is the definition of “life-threatening” injuries suffered by Salis. victims since it was found that they could be cured in eight days. Not even the crime of “criminal association” would be convincing. In the room, in addition to the father of the accused, Roberto Salis, were present representatives of the Italian Embassy in Budapest, several legal associations and numerous journalists. Two Italian lawyers, Eugenio Loasco and Mauro Straini, were also present as observers.
Ilaria Salis has been in prison in Hungary for a year, her father writes to Meloni: “Detained in inhuman conditions”
“Drawn like a dog”
«It was shocking, a crazy image. She told us that they always moved her in those conditions but seeing it really impressed us. They held her like a dog, with handcuffs attached to a belt from which a chain went down to her feet, and this guard pulled her with an iron chain.
Salis is accused of having participated in the attack against two neo-Nazis for which she has remained in prison in Budapest for eleven months. lA prosecutor presented Ilaria as the main defendant, who allegedly participated in multiple attacks causing aggravated bodily injuries, in a “criminal association” with two people. Shortly before, the magistrate had presented the indictment that gave rise to the accusation, according to which the accused were part of a far-left organization, formed in Germany and composed mainly of young people who, in addition to participating in rallies and demonstrations, they planned to fight with physical attacks against far-right sympathizers of neo-Nazi and neo-fascist ideology.
For Salis, the Prosecutor’s Office, in the indictment, requested 11 years in prison last November, while the judges rejected house arrest last June. “It’s an incredible and unfair situation,” said Salis, who hears from his daughter almost every day. «The communications we make are operational. It is a moment in which we talk about the things necessary to get her out,” he explained, adding that from Italy “what we can do is sign the petition for her release.” Currently, more than 48,000 signatures have been collected on change.org to return Ilaria to Italy, “who is treated as a dangerous international terrorist,” Magyar observed, recalling her “detention under strict surveillance, long-term prevention of contact with her family and the Italian authorities.”
Tajani to Hungary: respect their rights
From politics there is disdain and anger: for the dem Piero Fassino the chains and shackles “violate all norms of civilization and international conventions on the respect due to detained persons.” Avs’ Peppe De Cristofaro calls on the government and Tajani to push to transfer the woman and allow Italy to try her. At night, in Rome, a large demonstration in front of the Hungarian embassy to demand the return of Ilaria to Italy. “We ask the Hungarian government to monitor and intervene to ensure that the rights, provided for by community regulations, of the Italian citizen Ilaria Salis detained awaiting trial are respected,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs wrote in X.
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