Charges against German captain Carola Rackete, who was on trial for transporting rescued immigrants in the Mediterranean to Italy without permission about 2 years ago, have been dropped.
Agrigento’s prosecutor’s office on the island of Sicily said that during the June 2019 incident, Captain Rackete fulfilled his duty to “transport the rescued people to a safe port” and that he did not no more need to be pursued.
With court approval, the charge against Rackete was dropped.
Carola Rackete, 33, was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for “resisting a military vessel” and “violence”.
53 PEOPLE SAVED
In June 2019, the humanitarian ship Sea Watch 3, commanded by Rackete, rescued 53 people trying to travel from Libya to Europe via the Mediterranean. Requests from the ship carrying the immigrants to open a safe haven had not been answered for about 2 weeks.
At that time, a coalition government made up of the 5-star populist movement and the far-right League party was in power in Italy. Matteo Salvini, Minister of the Interior at the time and leader of the League Party, pursued a policy of closing Italian ports to ships carrying migrants.
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Unable to respond to requests to open a safe zone, Captain Rackete violated Italy’s ban and entered the country’s territorial waters without permission, on the grounds that he could no longer guarantee security. of the people they have rescued.
Rackete was arrested after delivering the migrants to the port, but was released a few days later.
YARGITAY JUDGED RACKETE
During the trial, which has lasted for about 2 years, the objection to Rackete’s release decision reached the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court found the German captain fair in its decision last year.
The Court of Cassation said: “The obligation to provide assistance to people at sea is not just about preventing them from getting lost at sea, it also includes disembarking these people in a place of safety.”
The interior minister at the time, Matteo Salvini, is still accused of insulting Rackete.
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Salvini, who has brought a series of charges against Rackete such as “attempting to kill Italian soldiers” and “cooperation with human traffickers”, is on trial for this reason.