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Malta condemns refugee Savior to a monetary penalty

"This is a politically motivated verdict," said Claus-Peter Reisch after his conviction in Malta. The captain of the German refugee rescue ship, the Lifeline, must pay a fine of 10'000 Euro. The money will go to a relief organization in Malta. Was sentenced the 58-year-old Bayer, because the rescue should not have been registered ship properly.

With an acquittal, he had not expected, said Reisch in an interview with a radio station of the Bayerischer Rundfunk. The judgment is a Farce and just another harassment against private Maritime search and rescue in the Mediterranean sea. After all, the court had held that the Rescue of human life at sea is a duty and not a crime. Therefore, the captain sees the sea rescue by the judgment is not questioned. Reisch has announced an appeal. Because: "We have a Dutch registration paper, will have around 25'000 other ships. It can't be that our certificate is not to apply."

"A certain amount of civil disobedience is urgently needed."Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the refugee rescue ship Lifeline

The captain and Refugee aid workers rescued in June 2018 with the Lifeline of more than 230 refugees in front of the Libyan coast. The ship, the fleet under the Dutch flag, was blocked for days. In Italy, the ports for private Maritime search and rescue are closed, since the Lega Nord politician Matteo Salvini sits in the government. The German rescue ship was allowed to finally invest in Malta, after several EU countries had promised to take the refugees.

New ship purchased

The Lifeline remains in the port of Valletta seized because of the appeal process. The border on extortion, says Reisch interview on the radio. The maintenance of the ship every day costs 400 to 500 euros. Nevertheless, 2016 in Dresden, founded in auxiliary to missions to his rescue soon. "We have bought a new ship," said Reisch. "A certain amount of civil disobedience is urgently needed." As long as the policies do nothing against the causes of Flight, whether it be a duty to rescue people from Drowning.

On Saturday, the Maltese Navy rescued 85 refugees from distress at sea. A day earlier, had drowned off the coast of Tunisia, about 65 refugees. According to the International organization for Migration died this year on the Mediterranean route in the direction of Italy and Malta, more than 300 refugees.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 14.05.2019, 22:06 PM

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