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    Justice Prevails: Female German Boat Captain Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison In Italy For Importing 1,000 Migrants In The Mediterranean

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    Don't you want to strangle that dumb goose? It's okay if you do...
    Source: DailyMail

    Female German boat captain, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison in Italy for rescuing more than 1,000 migrants in the Mediterranean

    • Pia Klemp has been under investigation since her boat was impounded in 2017
    • Italian authorities allege that she was colluding with Mediterranean smugglers
    • They have also moved to stop her from sailing around Italian coasts altogether
    • In an interview with a Swiss newspaper, she said her trial is about to begin
    • Klemp says she will take fight all the way to the European Court of Human Rights




    A German boat captain could face 20 years in prison for her Mediterranean rescue work after allegedly co-operating with smugglers to traffic migrants to Italy.

    Pia Klemp faces trial in Italy for assisting illegal immigration after her boat was impounded in 2017.

    Supporters of the 35-year-old from Bonn hail her as a humanitarian who has been personally responsible for hundreds of rescue missions.

    But Italian authorities allege that she colluded with smugglers to collect migrants at Mediterranean rendezvous points and stage rescues at sea.

    Pictures taken by undercover officers allegedly show human traffickers 'escorting' vessels packed with asylum seekers before they are transferred to aid boats.

    However, Klemp has previously insisted that any incriminating pictures were taken in Malta rather than Libya.

    Italy, under the influence of far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini, has also moved to ban Klemp from sailing around their coasts all together.

    Klemp has been under investigation since her vessel, the Iuventa, was impounded in the summer of 2017.

    Speaking to Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung she said she could face 20 years in prison and 'horrendous' fines.

    But she insisted she was ready to fight her prosecution all the way to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.

    She also has the backing of 80,000 people who have signed a petition urging Italy to drop the charges.

    The author of the petition said that charging Klemp and fellow members of private rescue ships would signal the 'unconditional surrender of humanity in Europe.'

    She told the paper that although she may face legal travails, the worst thing about the episode is that the money she will use in her defence - partly raised through donations - could have been used on rescue missions.



    'But the worst has already come to pass,' she said. 'Sea rescue missions have been criminalized.'

    Salvini, Italy's deputy prime minister, has spearheaded a migration crackdown since the country's populist government came to power in 2018.

    The hardline minister has repeatedly refused entry to Mediterranean migrants and turned away rescue ships operated by foreign NGOS.

    In a series of colourful statements he has declared that migrants would only see Italy 'on a postcard' or 'through a telescope'.

    Klemp is critical of him but said some of the blame lies with the European Union for failing 'to remember its avowed values: human rights, the right to life, to apply for asylum, and the duty of seafarers to rescue those in danger at sea.'

    German charity Jugend Rettet also came under suspicion of towing boats used to ferry migrants back towards Libya, where most migrants hoping to reach Europe depart, to be reused by smugglers.

    Details about the alleged collusion were contained in documents outlining the case prepared by prosecutors in Sicily following months of accusations about charities co-operating with smugglers.



    However, the investigation concluded that there was no evidence that charity members received any money from the traffickers.

    Ambrogio Cartosio, the chief prosecutor from the Sicilian city of Trapani who was behind the investigation, said that the motivation of the aid vessels was 'humanitarian'.

    Migrant arrivals from North Africa and the Middle East have been sharply reduced since a 2015 peak when Europe faced its worst migration crisis since World War II.
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    These people are brainwashed into thinking they are being so helpful. They have no clue at all about the people they are bringing over into their nation. Some poor young girls might get raped because of this woman and the nation will be liable to dish out millions of dollars to support these people for years.

    The author of the petition said that charging Klemp and fellow members of private rescue ships would signal the 'unconditional surrender of humanity in Europe.'
    What about humanity to Europeans and girls who will get raped by some of these people ... what about the "humanity" there?

    Ugh!

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    Notice the typical framing :

    Female German boat captain, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison in Italy for rescuing more than 1,000 migrants in the Mediterranean
    Which also says a lot about the editorial stance on these issues. They might every once and while give an immigration critical sound, but that all just for the show. In reality they have no problem with framing someone who has been accused of coooperating with human smugglers as some kind of humanitarian rescue angle at sea.

    'But the worst has already come to pass,' she said. 'Sea rescue missions have been criminalized.'
    You should have thought about that before not going return to sender with those you claim to rescue.
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    it is only to be met with in minds which are naturally noble or
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    Supporters of the 35-year-old from Bonn hail her as a humanitarian who has been personally responsible for hundreds of rescue missions.
    It's all a game. She was picking up migrants at pre-arranged spots

    There's no way that hundreds of boats could have required 'rescuing'. How many boats normally get into difficulties in the Mediterranean Sea?

    This is an insult to the intelligence!

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    D.M. reveals its true face once in a while, especially when the big questions need to be answered. I tinkered with the original title of this article because it read: "Female German Boat Captain Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison In Italy For RESCUING 1,000 Migrants In The Mediterranean" - complete with capitalization of the word rescuing. Just horrible. Nobody was rescued, her ship represents a sort of Euro Express.
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