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From prison to the European Parliament, Ilaria Salis prepares for her mandate

Italian anti-fascist activist, imprisoned in Hungary for assault during neo-Nazi demonstration, has enjoyed parliamentary immunity since her election in the European elections

Newly elected to the European Parliament, Italian Ilaria Salis, appeared nervous and confused for her first press conference in Brussels. The anti-fascist activist won her mandate on the list of the Alliance of Greens and the Left in Italy. Her arrival in the chamber gives her immunity that allowed her to leave prison.

Ilaria Salis was detained in Hungary for attempted murder for having participated in an assault on three far-right activists. This experience will shape her work as an elected official.

“I will work in favour of prisoners, I will commit myself to the issue of immigration, which is a historical responsibility that we must take seriously, and I will commit myself to the condition of young people, which is a very transversal area that goes from precariousness to education”, insists the MEP who joins the ranks of the Left in the hemicycle.

Concerns peaked when she appeared handcuffed in a Hungarian court. According to the prosecution, this Italian teacher participated in the street attacks committed in Budapest last February against a neo-Nazi demonstration. Ilaria Salis says she does not want to evade justice.

“My intention is not to escape the criminal procedure. My intention is to be judged in accordance with justice, that is to say in respect of fundamental rights, according to a regular procedure, with equal treatment before the law and in respect of the principle of proportionality,” insists the MEP.

It is up to the European Parliament to decide whether or not to suspend Ilaria Salis’ immunity, so the trial in Hungary could resume. If she were to be found guilty, she risks up to 11 years in prison.

This article is originally published on fr.euronews.com

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