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Joint Note of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice – Meetings of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, and the Minister of Justice, Carlo Nordio, with Ilaria Salis’ father, Engineer Roberto Salis

Within the framework of the attention paid by the Italian government to the case of Ilaria Salis, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajani, and the Minister of Justice, Carlo Nordio, today separately received the compatriot’s father, engineer Roberto Salis, accompanied by lawyer Eugenio Lasco.

The Ministers pointed out that the principles of a State’s jurisdictional sovereignty prevent any interference both in the conduct of the trial and in the change of the state of freedom of a suspect.

The Ministers also explained the legal and factual reasons why the request for substitution of the pre-trial measure at the Italian Embassy is not possible.

In particular, the Minister of Justice pointed out that an exchange of letters between an Italian Ministry and the foreign court would be irregular and inadmissible.

Minister Tajani emphasised the steps already taken by the Prime Minister with President Orbán and by him personally with the Hungarian Foreign Minister on two occasions, as well as the formal summoning of the Hungarian Chargé d’Affaires at the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday 30 January.

At the same time, Minister Nordio pointed out that it would be advisable for the Hungarian defence lawyer to insist with the competent body that the prison detention be modified, which is an essential condition for activating the 2009 EU Framework Decision and hence the possible execution of house arrest in Italy.

Furthermore, he explained that compliance of the compatriot’s detention treatment with international standards would also be ensured through the intervention of the Guarantor of the rights of detainees. Both Ministers reiterated to Mr. Salis the government’s commitment to enforce the rights of detainees under European standards.

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