The Italian Senate decided on Thursday to re-open the indictment of Matteo Salvin, the leader of the right-wing populist Lega party. The last time Salvin was prosecuted was in February.

The release of prosecution on Thursday is a case in which Salvini, as interior minister, blocked access to a port by a sea-going lifeboat carrying dozens of migrants in August last year.

In February, the prosecution was dismantled in a similar case where migrants had been picked up by an Italian Coast Guard vessel and Salvini was not allowed into port.

The handling of the first lawsuit has not yet begun, as it has had to be postponed due to the corona pandemic. At worst, Salvin is facing years of imprisonment.

Salvini himself considers the trial political.