di Marcello Mento
Milan, May 14 - Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge, Italy's first black minister, is "instigating criminality" by proposing that illegal immigration no longer be considered a crime, Northern League bigwig Matteo Salvini, said on Tuesday. Salvini, head of the League in Lombardy, in an interview with Tgcom24 TV news program referred to the pickaxe murders by Ghanian migrant Mada 'Adam' Kabobo in Milan last weekend that left three people dead. "In Ghana there is the death penalty for these kinds of crimes. I am against it, but I hope that Kabobo spends the rest of his days in jail...and not here so it doesn't cost us public money," Salvini said. Kyenge said during a RAI3 news talk show on Sunday that she will work on repealing the Bossi-Fini law passed during ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's administration making clandestine immigration a crime. "It is one thing to improve on the Bossi-Fini law to make it more efficient, and another thing to shred it," Salvini said. "What would happen in Milan alone, with 50,000 illegal immigrants, if a minister let on that it was OK to be clandestine without repercussions?", Salvini said. Since her swearing-in, Salvini has attacked Kyenge several times, saying that "having a former illegal immigrant as a minister can only happen in Italy, and it's making a laughing stock of us". Kyenge, 48, was born in Congo and moved to Italy three decades ago to study medicine.