The Mare Ionio in the port of Palermo | Photo: ANSA/IGOR PETYX
The Mare Ionio in the port of Palermo | Photo: ANSA/IGOR PETYX

The NGO that operates the Mare Jonio has filed a complaint against the Italian government over its treatment of the rescue ship. They say rescued migrants and crew were subjected to "seven days of violations, negligence and abuse."

The NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans filed a complaint at the prosecutors' offices in Agrigento and Rome on Wednesday. They say that the Italian government mishandled the case of the migrant rescue ship Mare Jonio, saying that those onboard were subjected to "seven days of violations, negligence and abuse."


Fine: 30.000 euros

"The first 30 pages [of the complaint]," the NGO wrote, '"offer a detailed reconstruction of all the events that happened from dawn on August 28, when our ship rescued 98 people including 22 small children at risk of dying on an overcrowded dinghy, until the early hours of September 3, when our captain and ship owner were absurdly notified that Mare Jonio had been seized and handed down a 30,000-euro fine for having violated the entrance ban for [Italian] territorial waters, despite the fact that we entered with the official authorization of the authorities." 

'Long list of violations and abuses' 

Mediterranea Saving Humans said that "the list of violations and abuses committed in this case is long and they were certainly not committed by our crew, [which] always acted - unlike some of the higher levels of the government - fully in line with international law and our constitution." 

"We also hope that the chain of institutional and personal responsibilities is reconstructed by the judicial authorities in our case," the NGO said. 
 

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