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Sea shield Captain Carola Rackete on his way to court. The process can take longer.

Carola Rackete, the captain of the Lifeboat Sea-Watch 3, has called on the EU to find a solution for the distribution of migrants, after being questioned by the Italian Public Prosecution Service. "It is very important for me to point out that this is not about me as a person, but it should be about the matter," she said in the Sicilian town of Agrigento. "We have thousands of refugees in a country of civil war that really need to be evacuated there, and I especially expect the European Commission to reach an agreement as soon as possible on how to distribute these boat people in Europe."

The investigation lasted approximately four hours. A quick decision whether it is a trial or the allegations are omitted, but did not stand out According to her lawyer Alessandro Gamberini, Rackete is no longer part of the current crew of the rescue vessel "Sea-Watch 3". In general, it is normal for rescue workers to trade in their crew for missions. The "Sea-Watch 3" is currently also on the chain in Sicily and cannot expand. After the investigation, Rackete announced that she would return to Germany.

Sea-Watch: Carola Rackete interrogated again

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Carola Rackete has again appeared in court in Sicily for a hearing. The captain of "Sea-Watch 3" is accused, among other things, of promoting illegal immigration.

The racket is investigated for resistance to enforcement officials and a warship against those born and raised in Hambühren in Lower Saxony in Schleswig-Holstein. She is also accused of helping to facilitate illegal immigration. However, it should be proven similarities with Libyan smugglers.

Sea-Watch: It is important that the "Sea-Watch 3" is released again

The Sea-Watch aid organization had stated in advance that such accusations would always prove to be unfounded in previous cases. "We assume this is happening again," said spokesman Oliver Kulikowski. However, Sea Watch does not expect a quick decision from the Italian public prosecutor. "However, we are doing everything we can to make a quick decision and we expect that the court will ultimately conclude that we have acted legally," said the Sea Watch spokesperson. It is important that the ship "Sea-Watch 3" is released.

Decision probably only after the summer

An investigating judge had lifted the house arrest, which was initially imposed on rackets. The prosecutor in Agrigento is not expected to decide until after the summer whether it is a trial or whether the allegations of aid for illegal immigration are being dropped, prosecutor Salvatore Vella said. Racket is free, Vella said. The 31 year old loves since then in a secret place in Italy.

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The prosecutor of Agrigento has now announced against the release by Rackete of the Roman Cassation Court. She wants to make clear how Italy can deal with lifeboats that come in despite a ban in Italian waters. In turn, Rackete filed a lawsuit against Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for defamation and incitement to hatred in social networks.

Rackete: "Must rescue all migrants from Libya"

In interviews Rackete justifies its decision and emphasizes that Germany and other European states "have a historical responsibility for the conditions in Africa, even from the colonial period". The Sea Watch captain has therefore called on Europe to accommodate hundreds of thousands of migrants who are currently in Libya. "They must leave immediately for a safe country," Rackete said.


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After an air raid in early July at a camp near the capital Tripoli with more than 50 dead, other aid organizations have sharpened their criticism. They call on the EU to end its cooperation with the Libyan authorities on the return of refugees to the North African country. At the moment, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 5,200 people are being held in official detention centers in Libya, most of them from Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea.

The German captain received awards from the city of Paris and Barcelona for her courage in rescuing refugees. An internet campaign to support 31-year-olds in court fees and to continue the rescue of refugees by Sea Watch raised more than € 1.4 million within a few days.

Packed with a ship from the Italian authorities

Carola Rackete was illegally brought to the port of Lampedusa at the end of June with the rescue ship "Sea-Watch 3" with 40 refugees on board. in front of she had crossed the island two weeks before and negotiated a legal landing. When entering the port, the "Sea-Watch 3" had touched a boat from the Italian authorities.

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