Italy’s interior minister and chief of the right-wing League birthday party Matteo Salvini says he has filed a defamation lawsuit in opposition to distinguished anti-mafia author Roberto Saviano.
In a tweet about migrant deaths on Tuesday, the writer called Mr Salvini “minister of the underworld”.
Responding closing night time, Mr Salvini stated: “I settle for all criticism, but I don’t permit someone to say I assist the mafia.”
Mr Saviano is a fierce critic of the government.
He rose to fame following the newsletter of his ebook Gomorrah in 2006, which exposed the actions of the Naples-based mafia staff referred to as Camorra.
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