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US NewsFemale German boat captain, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison in Italy for RESCUING more than 1,000 migrants in the Mediterranean

09:40  12 june  2019
09:40  12 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Nearly 60, 000 people had signed a petition by Saturday afternoon demanding that Italy drop criminal proceedings against German boat captain Pia Klemp and other crew members who have rescued thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. In an interview with the Basler Zeitung daily on

Pia Klemp, a 35 -year-old Bonn native, is being investigated by Italy , and that country’s government has moved to She has been accused of helping to rescue more than 1 , 000 illegal immigrants at risk of drowning as they Her lawyer told her she is facing " up to 20 years in prison and horrendous fines."

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A German boat captain could face 20 years in prison for allegedly working with smugglers to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean to Italy.

Pia Klemp faces trial in Italy for assisting illegal immigration after her boat was impounded in 2017.

Supporters of the 35-year-old from Bonn hail her as a humanitarian who has been personally responsible for hundreds of rescue missions.

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in prison for rescuing 1 , 000 + migrants at risk of drowning whilst crossing the Mediterranean . more about Pia’s position and the charges she and the crew of the Iuventa are facing in Italy .https Pia and the crew of the civilian lifeboat Iuventa had their ship impounded in Lampedusa, Italy in 2017.

Female German boat captain, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison in Italy for RESCUING more than 1,000 migrants in the Mediterranean © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pia Klemp is thought to have been personally responsible for up to 1,000 rescue missions But Italian authorities allege that she colluded with smugglers to collect migrants at Mediterranean rendezvous points and stage rescues at sea.

Pictures taken by undercover officers allegedly show human traffickers 'escorting' vessels packed with asylum seekers before they are transferred to aid boats.

Italy, under the influence of far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini, has also moved to ban Klemp from sailing around their coasts all together.

Female German boat captain, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison in Italy for RESCUING more than 1,000 migrants in the Mediterranean © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited German charity Jugend Rettet's vessel, Iuventa (pictured), at Lampedusa in 2017 Klemp has been under investigation since her vessel, the Iuventa, was impounded in the summer of 2017.

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Pia Klemp, who is accused of aiding illegal immigrants into Italy . Looks like Italy is really cracking down to stop the invasion. She said that she was told by her Italian lawyer that she could be looking at “ up to 20 years in prison and horrendous

Pia Klemp, a German biologist & boat captain faces 20 yrs in prison for rescuing 1 , 000 + migrants at risk nope, rescuing endangered lives at sea is the obligation of every sea captain under maritime law. Also, it is known for years that human traffickers load hundreds or thousands of people in bad

Speaking to Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung she said she could face 20 years in prison and 'horrendous' fines.

But she insisted she was ready to fight her prosecution all the way to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.

Female German boat captain, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison in Italy for RESCUING more than 1,000 migrants in the Mediterranean © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited These images emerged after Italian authorities carried out their first seizure of the rescue boat on the grounds of suspicion of aiding illegal immigration in 2017 She also has the backing of 80,000 people who have signed a petition urging Italy to drop the charges.

The author of the petition said that charging Klemp and fellow members of private rescue ships would signal the 'unconditional surrender of humanity in Europe.'

She told the paper that although she may face legal travails, the worst thing about the episode is that the money she will use in her defence - partly raised through donations - could have been used on rescue missions.

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Female German boat captain, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison in Italy for RESCUING more than 1,000 migrants in the Mediterranean © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Photographs captured by undercover officers show the criminals 'escorting' vessels packed with asylum seekers before being transferred to aid boats bound for Italy in 2017 'But the worst has already come to pass,' she said. 'Sea rescue missions have been criminalized.'

Salvini, Italy's deputy prime minister, has spearheaded a migration crackdown since the country's populist government came to power in 2018.

The hardline minister has repeatedly refused entry to Mediterranean migrants and turned away rescue ships operated by foreign NGOS.

Female German boat captain, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison in Italy for RESCUING more than 1,000 migrants in the Mediterranean © Reuters

In a series of colourful statements he has declared that migrants would only see Italy 'on a postcard' or 'through a telescope'.

Klemp is critical of him but said some of the blame lies with the European Union for failing 'to remember its avowed values: human rights, the right to life, to apply for asylum, and the duty of seafarers to rescue those in danger at sea.'

German charity Jugend Rettet is also accused of towing boats used to ferry migrants back towards Libya, where most migrants hoping to reach Europe depart, to be reused by smugglers.

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German national Pia Klemp, the former captain of both the Iuventa and the Sea Watch-3 migrant rescue vessels, faces up to twenty years in an Italian prison after being put on trial on charges of suspicion of “help and complicity in illegal immigration.”

Female German boat captain, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison in Italy for RESCUING more than 1,000 migrants in the Mediterranean © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Migrants float on a dinghy before their rescue by the Sea Watch 3 German charity off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy May 15 Details about the alleged collusion were contained in documents outlining the case prepared by prosecutors in Sicily following months of accusations about charities co-operating with smugglers.

However, the investigation concluded that there was no evidence that charity members received any money from the traffickers.

Ambrogio Cartosio, the chief prosecutor from the Sicilian city of Trapani who was behind the investigation, said that the motivation of the aid vessels was 'humanitarian'.

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