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Italy seizes rescue ship | TIME ONLINE

Italian authorities have confiscated the ship after rescuing 49 migrants in the Mediterranean Mare Jonio arranged. The rescue ship was escorted to the port of Lampedusa, where the migrants were to go ashore. In circles of the Ministry of the Interior, initial surveys of the crew were considered possible on the same evening. The prosecutor of Agrigento in Sicily investigate the promotion of illegal migration, the news agency Ansa reported.

"In Italy, there is now a government that defends the borders and ensures that the laws are respected, especially by traffickers, who make a mistake, paid," said Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in the evening. The leader of the right-wing Lega had previously denied the ship of the organization Mediterranea Saving Humans the entrance to the port of the Mediterranean island. In addition, his ministry published new guidelines for the rescue of the sea. A violation of these rules could be considered to favor trafficking.

The Italian sea rescue project Mediterranea, in which the German Sea-Watch and other NGOs are involved, had taken the migrants off the Libyan coast. They had been on a dinghy into which water had already run, the organization said. A man was taken to Lampedusa to be treated by a doctor, a spokeswoman said.

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The Mare Jonio drives under Italian flag. Salvini is of the opinion that the rescuers of the Libyan Coast Guard are opposed and unauthorized Italy approached instead of going to Libya or Tunisia.

Since last summer, the populist government in Rome repeatedly blocked rescue ships with migrants on board to prevent the arrival of people in Italy. For several days, the rescuers with the rescued people spent days at sea waiting for European governments to agree on distributing people to different states.

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Salvini himself becomes in the case of the ship Diciotti including charges of deprivation of liberty because he did not want to let rescued migrants go ashore. However, a trial can only take place if the waiver of its immunity is approved. On Wednesday there will be a vote in the Senate.

Meanwhile, a shipwreck with perhaps dozens of dead occurred off the coast of Libya. The Libyan navy spoke of 30 missing persons. A child had been recovered dead, 16 people had survived when the wooden boat crashed into the rocks near the coast, said a spokesman. For migrants the crossing to Europe becomes more and more dangerous, especially as there are hardly any rescue ships on the Mediterranean. With the help of the EU, Italy is supporting the Libyan Coast Guard, which is bringing the migrants back to civil war.

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