Carola Rackete, the German Captain of a migrant rescue ship, will sue the Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for defamation, as her lawyer informed, increasing the tensions between the charity worker and the Minister. Carola Rackete was freed from house arrest after a judge dismissed accusations that she had endangered the lives of Italian servicemen.
Overcoming Italy’s ban, the migrant rescue boat ‘Alex’, operated by the Italian NGO Mediterranea, docked at the same quay as the Sea Watch 3, having onboard 41 migrants. Mediterranea declined the Maltese offer to dock in Valletta commenting that the people onboard weren’t in the position to sustain such a long journey.
Over 80 migrants are missing and presumed dead, while only three have survived, after a boat capsized and sank off the coast of Tunisia, in waters near the town of Zarzis. The three Malians who were rescued said that they had set out from Zuwara in Libya.
According to sources, the 31-year-old captain of Sea Watch 3, Carola Rackete, has been released from custody. The German captain was arrested on Saturday, June 29, due to the fact that she docked the vessel in Lampedusa along with 42 migrants onboard, defying a stringent domestic law that has closed borders to migrants.
Italian police arrested on Saturday the German captain of a migrant-rescue ship that docked in Lampedusa along with 42 migrants onboard, defying a stringent domestic law that has closed borders to migrants. The ship had been standoff off Lampedusa for more than two weeks with rescued Africans onboard.
The Captain of the migrant rescue ship ‘Sea-Watch 3’, carrying about 42 survivors, entered Italian territorial waters citing the desperate situation of the people onboard and defying a stringent domestic law that has closed borders to migrants.
Human Rights At Sea Chief Dunja Mijatovic is worried about the Italian Government’s decision against NGOs that rescue migrants in the Mediterranean. The commissioner also urged all EU states to ‘suspend all collaboration’ with Libya.
A record number of migrants and asylum-seekers were picked up from small boats attempting to make the perilous crossing of the English Channel to reach Britain within just one day. Only on 1st June, there were 13 incidents off the Kent coast, with 74 people rescued.
Six have lost their lives after a boat that was transporting migrants sank off the Greek island of Mytilene, on May 11. According to sources, another 58 people were rescued, which were then transported to the port of Mytilene. Moreover, boats of the Greek Navy and Frontex, as well as a super puma helicopter are also taking part in the search and rescue operation in the area.
Italian authorities have released the charity vessel ‘Sea-Watch 3’ Saturday, the German NGO Sea-Watch announced. The ship was impounded nearly three weeks ago, after rescuing several migrants in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya.
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