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Italy: Sea-Watch Captain Carola Rackete cleared by court, free to return home

0 18.07.2019 Инфо

M/S Sea Watch 3 captain Carola Rackete stepping out of court to address media, Agrigento
SOT, Carola Rackete, captain of Sea Watch 3: "Thank you very much for coming here. I was very happy to have the opportunity today to explain all the details about the situation of the rescue, which was carried out on the 12th of June. I sincerely hope that European Commission now after the new election of the parliament will do their very best to prevent situations like that happening and that all the European countries will work together in the future to accept any people which the civilian fleet has rescued."
M/S Media *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Carola Rackete, captain of Sea Watch 3 (German): "Yes it's very important for me to underline that it should not be about me as a person, it should be about the fact that we have thousands of refugees in a country which is at war from where they should urgently be evacuated and I expect especially from the European commission that they quickly agree how these boat refugees will be distributed in Europe."
SOT, Journalist (German): What do you think of the Home Secretary?"
SOT, Carola Rackete, captain of Sea Watch 3 (German): "Nothing"
SOT, Journalist (German): "Can you go back to Germany now?"
SOT, Carola Rackete, captain of Sea Watch 3 (German): "Yes"
M/S Sea Watch 3 captain Carola Rackete leaving the premises followed by media
M/S Sea Watch 3 captain Carola Rackete leaving the premises followed by media
SCRIPT
The charges against German captain Carola Rackete of aiding illegal immigration after forcibly docking the rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3 in the Italian port of Lampedusa, has been overturned by a court in the Sicilian town of Agrigento on Thursday, and she is now free to return to her home country of Germany.
Looking relieved at the judgement, Rackete stepped out of the court and addressed the waiting media urging the European Commission to solve the current migrant crisis, saying "we have thousands of refugees in a country, which is at war from where they should urgently be evacuated and I expect especially from the European commission that they quickly agree how these boat refugees will be distributed in Europe."
Rackete, who captained the migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3, was detained in Italy after refusing to comply with a ban on entering Italy's territorial waters. The vessel was carrying more than 40 migrants and after weeks at sea, Rackete decided to port in Lampedusa on June 29, ramming a police boat in the process.
Later, an Italian judge freed Rackete, saying she had not broken the law and that she had been carrying out her duty to protect human life.