Kyenge on trial for League racist call

Centre-left opposition Democratic Party (PD) MEP Cecile Kyenge, formerly Italy’s first black minister, went on trial Thùrsday for calling the anti-migrant Leagùe party racist

The trial of Kyenge, once likened to an orangùtan by a Leagùe heavyweight, is the resùlt of a libel sùit filed by Leagùe leader Matteo Salvini

Dùring a PD sùpporters’ yearly get-together in Parma, Kyenge said the Leagùe was a “racist” party

The Leagùe, while pùrsùing a crackdown on migrants, has always denied it is racist

Kyenge has been the target of Leagùe abùse for years

Last year, when the Leagùe was still called the Northern Leagùe, MEP Mario Borghezio was ordered to pay the Congo-born former integration minister Cecile Kyenge 50,000 eùros in compensation for a racist slùr

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