Yet another fake “charity” pro-invasion ship—which had just smuggled 216 Africans into Europe from the Libyan coast—has been seized by the Italian authorities and three of is senior crew members have been criminally charged for assisting illegal immigration.
The Spanish non-governmental organization’s Proactiva Open Arms ship had earlier set sail for the Libyan coast in order to pick up the African invaders—as per a pre-arranged radio contact with the smugglers—when it was intercepted by the Libyan coast guard only a few miles off the North African coast.
After failing to obey the Libyan coast guard’s orders to stand down, the Open Arms vessel loaded up the invaders and fled north towards Europe.
The Italian authorities gave the Open Arms permission to land in Sicily—whereupon the vessel was seized and the crew members charged.
The Italian police had apparently already intercepted the radio communications with the smuggling gang, and were waiting for the ship when it arrived.
The seizure took place yesterday in Pozzallo port, the day after the Open Arms landed.
Mission chief, Anabel Montes, and Captain, Marc Reig, spent several hours at the police station, after being interrogated and being forced to hand over all the recordings of the “rescues.”
Catania Prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro is investigating three people for suspected criminal association for illegal immigration, including the commander of the boat.
Last year, the Italian authorities seized the Iuventa fake “charity” ship run by the German crypto-communist organization Jugend Rettet for exactly the same reasons—collusion with smugglers.