Malta: Migrant boat captain appears in court over rescue mission

The German captain of the migrant rescue Lifeline ship Claus-Peter Reisch appeared in court in Valletta on Monday accused of not holding valid paperwork for his rescue missions. His lawyer Maltese Cedric Mifsud said «it's ironic how Maltese authorities decided to prosecute the captain, while still in Germany he is being considered as a hero.» The next hearing will take place on August 23rd... Еще, and Reisch will be allowed to return to Germany, according to the lawyer. The NGO Lifeline has been engaged in operations to help asylum-seekers attempting to reach Europe by sea. The Lifeline ship stranded at sea earlier this month for five days with more than 200 migrants, including five children, on board, before it was allowed to enter the port of Valetta. Reisch was accused of not possessing valid documents for his ship. However, he believes that saving seafarers in distress should not be criminalised, and claims that his documents are valid and will expire only in 2019.

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