The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Agrigento, Sicily, has asked for a halt of the criminal trial of 21 migrants who landed illegally in Sicily and who are being criminally prosecuted under Italy’s new anti-immigration laws which, among other things, make it a criminal offense to enter the country illegally. The Public Prosecutor is asking that the question of the law’s constitutionality be submitted to Italy’s Constitutional Court. The criminal court judge is considering the request.
According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the law is inconsistent with the Italian Constitution and the UN Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air which obligates states to assist and protect migrants in difficulty, not to criminally prosecute such migrants.
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