The charity boat ‘taking deliveries’ of migrants from people traffickers: Undercover officers capture criminals ‘escorting’ vessels to aid ships bound for Italy
- Photographs show criminals ‘escorting’ vessels packed with asylum seekers
- The asylum seekers were then seen being transferred to aid boats bound for Italy
- German charity Jugend Rettet is accused of towing boats used to ferry migrants
- The revelations emerged after investigators impounded one of their vessels
German charity Jugend Rettet is also accused of towing boats used to ferry migrants back towards Libya, where most migrants hoping to reach Europe depart, to be reused by smugglers.
The revelations emerged after investigators took the unprecedented move of impounding the aid organisation’s vessel, Iuventa, at Lampedusa on Wednesday.
Prosecutors are said to have gathered evidence from an undercover police officer working on another boat, along with evidence from workers on Save the Children’s Vos Hestia vessel.