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Rescue ship: Lifeline-the captain sentenced to a monetary penalty

the captain of The "Lifeline" has to pay in Malta, € 10,000 to local charities. The court sentenced him because the boat he rescued migrants in distress at sea, was duly registered.

The captain of a rescue ship, the Dresden, the auxiliary organization's Mission Lifeline, has been convicted in Malta to a monetary penalty. Claus-Peter Reisch will have to pay 10,000 Euro to local charities, with the shared Mission Lifeline after the ruling. The court saw it as proven that the ship in "Lifeline" had not been properly registered, as it is controlled in Maltese waters.

Reisch announced plans to challenge the verdict and go to the next instance. The 58-Year-old was in Malta since the beginning of July 2018 before the court. The process was delayed again and again. There were a total of eight hearing days. A spokesman for the aid organization criticized the ruling: "This is outrageous. It is clear that this is a political judgment, it has nothing to do with the law."

the High costs of the process

The ship is not seized because it belongs to the organization and not the captain's name. It was not allowed to expire because of the process, from Malta. To keep it in port ready to use, it costs the Association according to own data per day, around 500 Euro. The charity is funded by donations.

"Lifeline" long

The captain in the Bavarian town of Landsberg am Lech, had saved last June, with the ship in "Lifeline" of more than 230 migrants off the Libyan coast of the Mediterranean sea.

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