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Undercover Italian police photograph NGO ship working with migrant traffickers

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    Italian coastguards seized a migrant rescue boat operated by a German aid group in the Mediterranean suspected of aiding illegal immigration from Libya, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

    Video showed the Iuventa, which is run by Jugend Rettet, arriving at the island of Lampedusa surrounded by several coastguard vessels after it was stopped at sea before dawn.

    Police inspected the ship as soon as it docked and checked the crew passports. They later took charge of the boat.

    On board a seperate 'Save The Children' ship, an undercover police officer had gathered evidence that crew of the Iuventa had been colluding with Libyan migrant traffickers.

    They crew of the Iuventa were photographed executing a migrant transfer with migrant traffickers who escorted the migrants to the ship. They communicated with the traffickers and then towed the traffickers' migrant boat back to Libya for re-use.

    There is growing suspicion over the role non-governmental organizations are playing in picking up migrants off the Libya coast and bringing them to Italian ports.

    Ambrogio Cartosio, chief prosecutor in the western Sicilian city of Trapani, told a news conference his investigation into Jugend Rettet was ongoing and no one had yet been charged.

    "The evidence is serious," Cartosio said. "We have evidence of encounters between traffickers, who escorted illegal immigrants to the Iuventa, and members of the boat's crew."

    Jugend Rettet, which describes itself as an organization of young Europeans, was one of five groups that refused to sign up to Italy's new code of conduct for NGOs trafficking migrants in the Mediterranean.

    http://www.corriere.it/foto-gallery/cronache/17_agosto_03/iuventa-foto-sequenza-contatti-gli-scafisti-324a5646-781c-11e7-8ef0-c9b41f95269b.shtml
    http://roma.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/17_agosto_04/agente-infiltrato-nave-ong-cosi-ho-scoperto-contatti-iuventa-trafficanti-libici-e765329e-7880-11e7-8ef0-c9b41f95269b.shtml
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-italy-ngo-idUSKBN1AI21B

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    The 5-Star Movement, which polls say is now the country's biggest party, have accused NGOs of offering a "taxi" service to migrants, while the rightist Northern League party has said all their ships should be impounded.
     
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    NGO Suspends Migrant ‘Taxi Service’ in the Mediterranean

    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has suspended its so-called “rescue” missions ferrying migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe.

    Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier, responsible for MSF ship Prudence, has said the NGO will cease its activities pending explanations from Libya’s nominal government over warnings that “NGOs which pretend to want to rescue illegal migrants and carry out humanitarian actions” are no longer welcome in the search-and-rescue zone in and around their waters, Radio France Internationale reports.

    Earlier this week, a Libyan Coast Guard vessel approached another NGO ship — the Golfo Azzurro, operated by Proactiva Open Arms — and fired warning shots at it.

    The crew say they were told: “We have been watching you for the last two days. You are carrying out suspicious activities, we have confirmation that you have dealings with traffickers, do not come back to our waters.”

    The Libyans supposedly added: “Never come back, otherwise [we] will shoot you.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/08/12/ngo-suspends-migrant-taxi-service-in-the-mediterranean/

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