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Ilaria Salis in Budapest court unchained for 1st time

Ilaria Salis in Budapest court unchained for 1st time

39-year-old activist released from jail to house arrest Thursday

ROME, 24 May 2024, 10:02

ANSA English Desk



Italian anti-Fascist activist Ilaria Salis on Friday appeared in a Budapest court for her trial on charges of assaulting extreme right-wing militants for the first time without the chains she was shackled with for previous hearings.
    Salis's conditions of detention have sparked protests from Italy after she was repeatedly led into court on a chain with her hands and ankles cuffed, a procedure Hungary says is standard but which aroused indignation here.
    The Green-Left Alliance (AVS) recently made her one of its candidates for next month's European elections.
    A Hungarian court subsequently accepted Salis's plea to be released to house arrest and she was let out of Budapest's Gyorskocsi utca maximum security prison on Thursday after 15 months in jail.
    Her family and her supporters hope this will make it possible for her to apply to return to Italy and stay under house arrest at home.
    The 39-year-old Monza elementary school teacher is accused of being part of a German-led hammer gang that allegedly targeted three neo-Nazis on their Day of Honour commemorating an SS regiment's "heroic" resistance against the Red Army in February 2023.
    The Hungarian prosecutor has asked for a prison term of 11 years but Salis's father says she risks as long as 24 years in jail on charges of attempted murder.
    "I want to thank all the people who supported me," Salis said before the start of the hearing, after arriving at the court in a taxi together with her parents.
    Journalists and a group of friends, including hugely popular Italian cartoonist Zerocalcare, were waiting for her outside the court.
    If she is elected to the European Parliament, Salis may be eligible for parliamentary immunity.


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