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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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A German boat captain could face 20 years in prison for her Mediterranean rescue work after allegedly co-operating with smugglers to traffic migrants to Italy . Supporters of the 35 -year-old from Bonn hail her as a humanitarian who has been personally responsible for hundreds of rescue missions.

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

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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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A German boat captain could face 20 years in an Italian prison after she rescued more than 1 , 000 people from “drowning in the Mediterranean ”. Pia Klemp, 35 , is to stand trial in Sicily, accused of assisting illegal immigration by co-operating with smugglers to traffic migrants to Italy .

Germany: 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

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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German boat captain , Pia Klemp, faces a long and costly trial and possible 20 years of jail in Italy for her humanitarian efforts in aiding stranded migrants in the Mediterranean with the private rescue ships “Sea Watch III” and “Iuventa.” RELATED: Italy Rejects Stranded Migrants , Says Vessel Must

Salvini has refused to allow many humanitarian ships carrying migrants rescued at sea to make port in Italy , creating numerous standoffs while Europe haggled over which countries would give them haven. Her lawyer told her she is facing " up to 20 years in prison and horrendous fines."

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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The captain of a German vessel faces " up to 20 years in prison and horrendous fines" for her part in saving migrants in the Mediterranean , but Pia Klemp, a 35 -year-old Bonn native, has been charged of being personally responsible for up to 1 000 rescue missions, according to a report in the British

A German boat captain faces a long and costly trial in Italy for charges targeting her humanitarian Pia Klemp, a German biologist & boat captain faces 20 yrs in prison for rescuing 1 , 000 + Commentators on social media noted that Klemp's actions in the Mediterranean were in keeping with

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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Pia Klemp, a 35 - year -old Bonn native, is thought to have been personally responsible for up to 1 , 000 rescue missions That is a lot of boat trips. How can she even say that she was just “saving migrants in danger of drowning” “Oh, yeah, I just happened to be around when they needed me more than 1

Pia Klemp, a 35 year old German boat captain , is facing up to 20 years in prison for rescuing refugees who were drowning in the Mediterranean Sea. However, the charges against her claim that she coordinated with smugglers to collect migrants at rendezvous points, and that the “ rescue ”

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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