German Rescue Ship Captain Questioned in Italy on Unauthorized Docking
The German rescue ship captain who allegedly disobeyed Italy's ban on migrant ships, voiced hope Thursday that EU countries would allow migrants in the future. Carola Rackete spoke after she was questioned by a Sicilian court on suspicion of aiding illegal immigration.Shouts of “Brava,” along with applause, greeted Carola Rackete as she left court in the town of Agrigento after just under four hours of questioning. Demonstrators outside the courtroom held banners which read, “Saving lives at sea is not a crime.”Sea-Watch 3 Captain Calls for EU Action on Migrants RescuesA German humanitarian ship captain who eluded an Italian effort to block her from docking at an Italian port after rescuing migrants has called for the European Commission to do its best to avoid new migrants' standoffsThe 31-year-old Rackete told reporters she was pleased to have told the court why she entered the port of Lampedusa in late June after two weeks at sea in international waters. Rackete was arrested June 29 after defying orders to stay out of the port and hitting a police boat with her ship, the Sea-Watch 3, with migrants on board. A judge in Agrigento subsequently released her from house arrest, saying the captain followed the "law of the sea," which is first and foremost to save the lives of endangered people.The captain has said she docked at Lampedusa because she feared for the health of her migrant passengers. Rackete told journalists she hoped the new European Union Commission would let migrants such as those she had rescued enter those countries without facing added impediments.Lampedusa“I sincerely hope that the European Commission now after the new election of the parliament will do their very best to prevent situations like that happening and that all the European countries will work together in the future to accept any... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, German Rescue Ship Captain Questioned in Italy on Unauthorized Docking, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 19 July
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