Italian prosecutors to question Salvini on migration standoff

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Hardline minister may face legal proceedings as EU hits back over budget threat

The EU has hit back at a threat by Italy’s populist government to halt its budget payments to Brussels amid a row over a rescue ship carrying refugees and migrants, as prosecutors from Sicily travel to Rome to question officials, including the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, about the illegal detention of those onboard.

The investigation, conducted by the prosecutor of Agrigento, was launched against “unknowns”. Sources said Salvini risked coming under investigation because he was responsible for the disembarkation ban. Although prosecutors refused to confirm it officially, sources told the Guardian Salvini would be questioned at some point in the next few days.

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