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Crew reddingsschip in Italy sued

TRAPANI – Ten crew members of the German reddingsschip Iuventa are the subject of a criminal investigation by the Italian justice. That says, the German aid organisation “Jugend Rettet’ (JR), the owner of the vessel that the boat refugees in the Mediterranean Sea trying to rescue, in a press release.

The German reddingsschip Iuventa.

In total, 22 people suspected of promoting illegal migration to Italy during the execution of rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea for the Libyan coast. The indictment comes almost a year after the boat by Italian authorities to the necklace was placed. The defendants risk to conviction a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years.

The crew rejects the, in their eyes, unfounded allegations and condemns the criminalization of civilian rescue organizations. ,,If we for the court to justify these people are saved, then Europe has a political and moral low point reached”, says Kathrin Schmidt, the head of the mission in a comment.

Since July of 2016 has the Iuventa more than 14,000 migrants in distress helped. According to JR was that,always in collaboration with the Coordination centre for maritime rescue of Rome, and according to the strict observance of international and maritime law.”

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