New Law in Italy Threatens Fines and Prison for Operators of NGO Rescue Ships that Illegally Traffic Migrants
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.