Italy passed a controversial new law, promoted by Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, calling for the arrest of boat captains bringing unauthorized rescued refugees to Italy. Their vessels could be confiscated, and the owners of the operations will face fines from $168,000 to more than a million dollars. In June, a so-called ‘rescue’ ship, the Sea Watch, came into Italian waters and, after a 17-day stand off and ramming an Italian Coast Guard ship, the captain was arrested.
Refugee rescue boats carrying stranded migrants face fines of up to €1m (£918,000) after the Italian parliament passed a controversial law promoted by Matteo Salvini, the far-right interior minister.
Under the law, boat captains bringing rescued refugees to Italy will face arrest if unauthorised. Their vessels could be confiscated and the owners of the operations face steep fines of between €150,000 and €1m.
The Italian Senate, the country’s upper house, approved the law on Monday with 160 votes in favour and 57 against.
The lower house had already passed the law, which now has to be ratified by Sergio Mattarella, the Italian president.
The bill, which was introduced as a decree in June 2019, also introduces harsher penalties for crimes associated with public demonstrations, such as threatening a public official.
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Matteo Salvini, Italy’s new far-right minister of the interior, refused to let ‘Aquarius’, a private ship carrying 629 refugees, to dock. This is the first time that political rhetoric from an Italian interior minister has been enforced. While Italian ports may remain open to its own rescue boats, the docks are expected to be closed to all NGOs, which have been accused of aiding illegal immigration in the past. The tiny island of Malta also rejected the Aquarius, but Spain has agreed to welcome it.
Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, a right-leaning populist against mass immigration who shut down NGO boats that taxied migrants from Libya to Italy and had 37% support in a recent poll, lost his bid to remove the left-leaning 5-Star party.
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