Update: An Italian judge has lifted the house arrest of German Sea-Watch captain. The Associated Press reports the judge ruled Carola Rackete was “doing her duty saving lives.” Prosecutors are still looking into charging Rackete with helping to facilitate illegal immigration.
The German nonprofit Sea-Watch criticized the federal government on Tuesday for not doing enough in the case of captain Carola Rackete.
Rackete is the German Sea-Watch captain who violated the orders of Italian authorities on Saturday by docking a ship of 40 rescued migrants in the port of Lampedusa. She was taken into custody this weekend and was on house arrest as of Tuesday morning.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for Rackete’s release.
“We refuse to allow sea rescue to be criminalised. In our view, the only feasible outcome of current proceedings under the rule of law can be the release of Carola Rackete” – Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas on #SeaWatch3 pic.twitter.com/H1zzm7uzwE
— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) July 1, 2019
“Sea rescue is not a crime,” Maas said. “It is a humanitarian act, and therefore anything that does not ultimately lead to the release [of Carola Rackete] would cause a great deal of irritation.”
Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini called Rackete’s actions an “act of war,” on Twitter, accusing her of putting the lives of Italian police in danger when she rammed into a patrol boat.
Meanwhile, here in Berlin, a group of protesters gathered in front of the Italian embassy on Monday to show solidarity with Rackete. Also that evening, Berlin police reported huge lettering on a building in Moabit, which read “Defend Solidarity! Free Carola!!!”
— rbb|24 (@rbb24) July 2, 2019
An update in the murder case of CDU politician Walter Lübcke: the suspect Stephan E. has revoked his confession, his new lawyer said on Tuesday.
The information from the confession, however, can still be used by investigators. Last week, the alleged right-wing extremist said he acted alone when he shot Kassel district president Lübcke at the beginning of June.
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