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Maersk Etienne case leads Italian police to investigate NGO

NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans is under investigation by the Italian police for its involvement in the disembarkation of the 27 migrants after 38 days on board Maersk Etienne. Maersk Tankers is aware of the investigation, but denies there has been a "commercial agreement".

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The situation with the 27 migrants on board tanker vessel Maersk Etienne, who were brought to shore by an NGO ship after 38 days on board, has now become the subject of an Italian police investigation.

Monday this week, "a major police operation" was carried out against NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans in Italy, entailing, among other things, the search of ship Mare Jonio, writes the NGO on its website.

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