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Italy Releases Impounded Migrant Ship for Routine Upkeep

Italy Releases Impounded Migrant Ship for Routine Upkeep

Sunday, 11 April, 2021 - 14:45
Migrants from the German rescue ship Alan Kurdi arrive on an Armed Forces of Malta vessel at its base in Marsamxett Harbor, Valletta. Reuters file photo

The Alan Kurdi rescue ship operated by a German nongovernmental organization has been released by an administrative court in Italy to return to Spain for routine maintenance and inspection, the group, Sea-Eye, said in statement Sunday.

The ship was impounded in the Sardinian port of Olbia in October, around two weeks after its arrival with more than 125 people rescued at sea. A court date is set for November to clarify the legality of the detention. In the meantime, an administrative court ruled Friday that Sea-Eye would suffer financial damage if it wasn't able to carry out the routine upkeep.

The Alan Kurdi is preparing to transfer to Spain, the group said.

Sea-Eye maintains that the ship's detention was politically motivated, and said its lawyers have submitted documentation showing that the Alan Kurdi met safety standards.

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