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Migrant rescue ship defies Italian law taking 42 people to port despite fine

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Italian Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini

A migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean has broken Italian law and taken dozens of people to a port illegally with its captain expressing readiness to go to jail for doing «the right thing».

French news agency AFP reports that of the 53 migrants initially rescued by the Sea-Watch 3 off Libya on June 12, Italy took in 11 vulnerable people.

The Dutch-registered ship which is operated by the German nongovernmental organisation Sea-Watch and its German Captain Carola Rackete steered the boat into the port off Lampedusa island, Italy on Wednesday, June 26. The ship had spent 14 days sailing back and forth off the coast of Italy’s southermost island.

«I know this is risky, but the 42 shipwrecked on board are exhausted,» the captain said to the NGO.

«I’m ready to go to jail if somebody would prosecute me for that and to defend myself in court if need be because what we are doing is right,» the 31-year-old explained.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini earlier in June issued a decree that would bring fines of up to 50,000 euros for the captain, owner and operator of a vessel «entering Italian territorial waters without authorisation».


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  1. Tez says:

    She should be sent to jail, the ship sunk, and the people instantly deported back to were they came from

  2. Justs says:

    Hopefully the EU collapses before they can send a few million of these “migrants” to the Baltics.

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