Pia Klemp, a German biologist & boat captain faces 20 years in prison after she was arrested in Italy Klemp. She and her team were rescuing immigrants from drowning. Klemp was charged for helping illegal migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
Klemp and her team say that in Italy there is a high penalty for imprisonment as well as a fine, and only lawyers and court costs are as high as 300,000 euros.
Klemp says that despite their compliance with the laws of the sea, they are subject to this unfair intervention. She think that they will need about half a million euros.
Rescuing about 5,000 refugees, Klemp also complains that rescuing people who can drown at sea is becoming more and more criminal. In addition, she says, the ship has listening devices and at least four institutions, including Italian intelligence, they gathered information about themselves.
“We couldn’t save a two-year-old boy, Klemp explain about a rescue mission, We pulled him out of the water, the doctor team tried to bring him back to life but they couldn’t make it. Since European countries’ warships in the region, they did not help and the European authorities did not show us a port where we could dock, we had to put the body of that little boy in the freezer, and we traveled for three days like this.”