Sea Watch ignores police stop order, heading for Lampedusa

Salvini calls on Netherlands to takes in migrants on board

26 June, 17:02

    (ANSAmed) - PALERMO, JUNE 26 - The Sea Watch migrant rescue ship on Wednesday ignored an order from a tax police motor launch to stop heading for the port of Lampedusa.

    Captain Carola rackete, who has said she will land the 42 migrants on board despite a docking ban, risks a 50,000 euro fine and the impounding of the vessel.

    She could also be probed for favouring illegal immigration.

    In the meantime, deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said that the ship had committed a hostile act by defying an order not to go to Lampedusa and he called on the Netherlands to take in the 42 migrants on board. The search-and-rescue ship flies the Dutch flag, although it is run by a German NGO. "The Dutch government cannot pretend nothing has happened," League leader Salvini said. "A ship flying the flag of the Netherlands has ignored the bans (on entry) and the orders to stop and it is heading to Lampedusa.

    "It's a provocation and a hostile act. I had written to my Dutch counterpart and I'm happy that the Italian embassy in The Hague is taking a formal step with the government of the Netherlands. "Italy deserves respect. We expect the Netherlands to take in to immigrants on broad". (ANSAmed).

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