Refugees on board the Iuventa. Photo: IUVENTA Jugend Rettet e.V./dpa
Italian authorities on Wednesday impounded a German NGO’s migrant rescue boat on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration, police said.
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The Iuventa, operated by the Jugend Rettet organisation, was “preventatively” impounded on the Italian island of Lampedusa on the orders of a prosecutor based in Trapani, Sicily, the state police force said in a statement.
“Enquiries begun in October 2016, and conducted with the use of sophisticated techniques and investigative technology, have produced circumstantial evidence of the motorboat Iuventa being used for activities facilitating illegal immigration,” the statement said.
More details were to be provided at an afternoon press conference.
The impounding of the Iuventa came as Italy began enforcing a controversial code of conduct for charity
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