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Female boat captain faces 20 years jail in Italy for rescuing 1,000 migrants in the Med after she’s accused of helping smugglers - The Sun

News Summed Up 2019-06-12 05:30:00

A GERMAN boat captain faces 20 years in jail in Italy for rescuing 1,000 migrants in the Mediterranean after being accused of colluding with smugglers. Pia Klemp, 35, could be tried and imprisoned for helping people enter Europe illegally from the North African coast. Undercover officers took pictures that allegedly show human traffickers ‘escorting’ vessels full of migrants before they are transferred to aid boats. Human traffickers in Libya are known to be extorting thousands of dollars from migrants who arrive in the country trying to reach Europe. The ships used to transport them are often not seaworthy or are deliberately sabotaged, forcing humanitarian vessels to stage rescues.


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