Carola Rackete, the infamous captain of the NGO migrant transport vessel Sea-Watch 3, brought three men who ran a migrant detention center near in Libya where migrants were raped, tortured, and murdred.
According to a report by Il Giornale, three of the 40 migrants who were picked up by Rackete’s boat are men who’ve been accused of raping, torturing, and murdering people in Libya. The suspects are said to have been arrested in the reception center in Messina, Italy.
Police, who announced on the 16th of September, had originally concealed the arrests which occurred on the same day that the migrants disembarked from the ship.
“The Captain transported three immigrants accused of torture on the Sea Watch,” Franco Grilli of Il Giornale writes.
“We cannot rule it out, but we have no precise information,” Sea Watch spokesman Ruben Neugebauer told German news agency DPA about the report.
The three men have been formally accused of ‘a criminal association dedicated to the management of an illegal prison center’, complete with torture, rape, kidnapping and even murder.
In response to the news, Italy’s most trusted politician and leader of the national populist Lega party, Matteo Salvini, wrote: “Not only did she violate the laws and rammed a Guardia di Finanza patrol boat; on June 29th Carola Rackete of the Sea Watch 3 would have unloaded three immigrants accused of violence, rape, kidnapping, murder in Italy. Democratic Party (PD) parliamentarians had demanded the landing of all immigrants, including those who are now suspected of being ferocious criminals.”
According to Chiara Giannini, who cites ‘reliable sources’, the new interior minister Luciana Lamorgese had asked for the damning news not to be published. Instead, however, the news along with the names of the three suspects – Mohammed Condè, 27, Hameda Ahmed, 26 and Mahmoud Ashuia, 24 – were made public
Condé is from Guinea, whereas Ahmed and Ashuia Egyptian.