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Sea Watch Captain, Carola Rackete Faces Jail Time For Entering Italy Port With Migrants


CREDIT: AFP/The PUNCH 

Sea Watch 3 skipper Carola Rackete faced jail time on Saturday after forcing her way into Italy’s Lampendusa port with a shipload of rescued migrants to end a lengthy standoff with authorities.

Sea-Watch spokesman Ruben Neugebauer told AFP the 31-year-old captain was seized after manoeuvering the ship into port without authorisation on Friday night.

Rackete, described as a “pain in the neck” by Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini — was detained for refusing to obey a military vessel entreating her to turn around, a crime punishable by between three and 10 years in jail.

Offering no resistance, she was escorted from the vessel without handcuffs and taken away in a car as Salvini slammed what he termed a “criminal act, an act of war” in demanding she be imprisoned.

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