Italy: Supreme Court Rules that Fake Charity “Rescue” Ship Must Remain Impounded

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.

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  1. What hampers the efforts of the Italian authorities most of all in their attempts to curb the illegal immigration of Africans via the Mediterranean is their need to follow correct legal procedures while the people smugglers, fake charity rescue ships and migrants are able to exploit the opportunities provided by the current legal frameworks to continue their operations unhindered. There are only two ways this situation can be satisfactorily resolved. Either the laws have to be revised to remove these opportunities or else an authoritarian regime with little respect for the rule of law acts firmly and decisively to smash the whole people smuggling operation.
    The first option could include repealing the asylum laws so that illegal immigrants have no possibility to gain citizenship, obtain welfare, or be given leave to remain. Thus they can be detained until they can be deported. Another change in the law would make any so called ‘rescue’ outside of Italy’s territorial waters be classed as people trafficking thus enabling the authorities to impound fake charity rescue ships and prosecute their crews and owners.
    The second option is the illegal one which could include the measures already outlined above along with blockading Libyan ports. If the will was really there to smash the people trafficking racket then this could be done and we have the precedent in history of how the British unilaterally stopped the Atlantic slave trade by blockading the ports of Nigeria. This action was probably illegal according to international maritime law, but rightly the British believed that the slave trade was so pernicious that breaking laws to halt it was morally justified. Politicians in Italy need to grow some backbone and act firmly and promptly to halt a people trafficking racket that has resulted in the needless death of many thousands of migrants, rather than just dithering and implementing half measures for years on end.

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