The Italian Supreme Court has ruled that that the pro-invasion fake charity invader-“rescue” ship, the Iuventa—seized last year for criminal collusion with people smugglers in Libya must remain impounded pending charges to be brought against the crew.
The court has rejected an appeal against the seizure of the Iuventa, which was impounded in August 2017 following an investigation initiated by the Italian authorities.
The ship—run by the crypto-communist Jugend Rettet (“youth rescue”) organization in Germany—was impounded after evidence showed that the crew had actively colluded with invaders and organizers of small invader boats in Libya.
The collusion—mainly in the form of radio contact—allowed the Iuventa to sail to pre-determined spots off the Libyan coast, where it would load up hundreds of African invaders off rubber dinghies, claiming that they were being “rescued.”
This formal taxi service was a great boon to the smugglers, who then did not have to attempt to even cross the Mediterranean, but simply sail a few miles out to sea off the Libyan coast to discharge their cargo of Africans.
The Iuventa has been held in the port of Trapani since a judge in the western Sicilian city ruled in favor of the prosecution’s request for pre-emptive seizure, based on an anti-mafia law and done in order to prevent the alleged crimes from being committed again.
The investigation against the Iuventa included the use of an undercover agent, bugging devices, tapped phone calls as well as informant testimonies.
Aiding and abetting illegal migration can carry a prison sentence ranging from five to 15 years, and a fine of 15,000 euros (about $18,300) for each person who has been let in the country.
Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation will publish an explanatory statement in the coming weeks.