Migrant rescue captain who defied Italy says actions 'were justified'

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The German captain of rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3, Carola Rackete, who was temporarily arrested in Italy for docking without permission so she could ...

BARCELONA: The German captain of rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3, Carola Rackete, who was temporarily arrested in Italy for docking without permission so she could let rescued migrants land, said Tuesday her"actions were justified".

"I am still under investigation by the Italian authorities but am I worried? Honestly no, because my actions were justified," she said in Barcelona as she picked up a gold medal from the Catalonia's regional parliament, the chamber's highest award. The Catalan parliament also awarded a gold medal to the founder of Spanish migrant rescue charity Proactiva Open Arms, Oscar Camps, whose boat spent three weeks in August stranded off the coast of Italy because Rome refused it permission to dock and unload the migrants it had on board.Under new laws introduced by Salvini, ships that enter Italian waters without authorisation face a fine of up to one million euros. The ships can also be seized.

 

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