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Italian court set captain of migrant rescue ship free

Vella ruled on Tuesday that Rackete had not broken the law when she broke the naval blockade


The Italian investigating judge of Agrigento, Alessandra Vella, lifted the house arrest put on the German captain Carola Rackete of the migrant rescue ship, Sea-Watch.

Vella ruled on Tuesday that Rackete had not broken the law when she broke the naval blockade. According to the judge, the crime of resistance the public officials justified that Rackete was “doing her duty saving human lives”, Deutsche Welle (DW) stated.

However, Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, refused the verdict saying, according to the Italian judiciary, ignoring the laws and ramming the patrol boat are sufficient reasons to go to jail.

“It is urgent to reform justice, select who applies it, and change recruitment criteria, because this is not the justice that serves a country that wants to grow,” Salvini added.

Rackete’s ship was carrying 40 migrants. After weeks at sea, she decided to port in Lampedusa, dismissing a military ban to enter Italian territorial waters. She also rammed into a police boat that blocked her way.

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