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 Italy: ram police boat, face 10yrs jail—get $1million support

03.07.19.  A couple of days ago we reported about that bloody Greenie woman Carola Rackete, the captain of the Sea-Watch3 that rammed an Italian police boat as it blocked the port after Racklete was denied entry to Lampedusa island. Although the pest faces 10 years in jail, donations to the tune of $1million and more pour in for her support. We can only hope that Italy has law to impound that ship and make an international event by having the Italian navy pump out all its oil and fuel (pollution) and take it out to sea and sink it as a lesson to others. Losing a ship might give pause to the ship owners.
High-level support and more than $1 million in donations have poured in for the German captain of a migrant rescue ship who was arrested after she defied repeated orders to stay out of Italy and struck a police boat while bringing 40 people to port.Source: AP

Asylum seeker rescue ship captain receives wide support after ramming into border police boat

Carola Rackete remained under house arrest a day after her ship, the Sea-Watch 3, rammed the Italian border police motorboat that was blocking the entry to the port at Italy’s Lampedusa island.
Ms Rackete, 31, “had no intention of hurting anyone” and only wanted to get her passengers to land, Italian lawyer Salvatore Tesoriero said.
The Sea-Watch 3 picked up the migrants adrift in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya on June 12 and had been in a standoff with Italian authorities for weeks before the captain decided to force the issue, reportedly saying she feared some of her passengers might harm themselves.
“Whoever saves lives isn’t a criminal,” two German TV personalities wrote in an appeal for contributions to help support Rackete and Sea-Watch, the German non-profit group that owns the rescue ship.
More than 24,000 donors responded, giving over 655,000 euros ($1.06 million) as of Sunday evening.
Ms Rackete could face up to 10 years in prison if she is convicted of resisting a warship, a charge that refers to ploughing into the border police motorboat.
She also could be fined up to 50,000 euros ($81,000) under a recent law designed to strengthen Italian Government policies targeting private migrant rescue vessels.
The Sea-Watch 3 entered Lampedusa’s port 17 days after it picked up 53 migrants off Libya; 13 of the rescued passengers were allowed to disembark earlier for medical reasons.
Italy’s response comes under fire
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier questioned Italy’s handling of the situation.
“Italy is at the heart of the European Union, a founding state of the European Union,” Mr Steinmeier told German public broadcaster ZDF in an interview.
“And that’s why we can expect a country like Italy to deal with such a case differently.”
His comments were met with a swift retort from Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who earlier called the Sea-Watch 3 captain a “criminal” who committed an “act of war” by ignoring orders to keep out of Italy’s waters.
“We ask the German President to keep busy with what’s happening in Germany and possibly invite his fellow citizens to avoid breaking Italian laws, risking the killing of Italy’s law enforcement forces,” Mr Salvini said in a tweet.
No one was injured when Sea-Watch 3 struck the border police vessel, but Italian authorities said some officers had to scramble out of the way and the motorboat’s side was damaged.
Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said Ms Rackete could have sailed to many other ports in the Mediterranean to seek permission to dock. He accused the captain of carrying out “political blackmail … using 40 people”.
Some in Germany agreed with the Italian Government’s position.
Petr Bystron, a foreign policy spokesman for the far-right Alternative For Germany party, said Ms Rackete was “a common criminal.” Speaking to German daily newspaper Welt, Mr Bystron said she should have taken the rescued migrants to Africa or the Netherlands since the ship sailed under the Dutch flag.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Muphin 03/07/2019, 5:18 am

    Impound the ship and sell it to pay for court and other expenses!!

  • Tamworth 03/07/2019, 8:32 am

    Good on Salvini. We need one like him here.

  • Finn 03/07/2019, 9:15 am

    Just more lunatic left. Can’t make a spot of difference. More drain on Italian taxes for no benefit.

    One day the gummint will run outta cash

  • Aktosplatz 03/07/2019, 11:08 am

    “Ms Rackete, 31, “had no intention of hurting anyone” and only wanted to get her passengers to land, Italian lawyer Salvatore Tesoriero said.”

    “I had no intention of hurting anyone, and only wanted to get my garbage to the middle of the main street in town.” (Called Fly Tipping)

    In both cases there is a punishing effect on the community, and so it must be resisted with consequences for the offender.

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