German would spend 20 years in prison for rescuing migrants at sea

Pia Klemp could receive a sentence of 20 years in prison for rescuing a thousand migrants from dying in the Mediterranean Sea, which they crossed in unsafe boats.

It all began in 2017, when the German's ship was hijacked in Italy for encouraging illegal immigration, which has kept her in uncertainty ever since, she said in an interview.

Klemp says he intends to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, because he considers it unfair to be put in jail to save lives, this along with the 60 thousand signatures in Italy asking to withdraw the criminal procedures to the captain.

The 36-year-old biologist stressed that the European Union needs to remember its values: human rights, the right to life, asylum and support the seafarers who rescue people from anguish.

It is important to add that the Italian government has not shown friendly with the migrants, since it approved a decree that mentions that there will be fines of between 10 thousand and 50 thousand euros for the non-governmental organizations that participate in rescues in the Mediterranean Sea.

A similar case was the one that happened to the Spanish Helena Maleno in 2012 for calling the Moroccan Navy to give notice of a small boat with difficulties in the Strait of Gibraltar. He was about to spend all his life behind bars, but in 2017 it was concluded that there was no crime to pursue.

German ship rescues migrants (April 2021)