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Italy passes law to fine people who rescue refugees at sea

  • Repeat offenders risk having boats seized

Italy has passed a law to fine any boat rescuing refugees from sea up to €50,000 (£44,000), despite hundreds having died en route this year.

  • Samuel Osborne
  • Independent

Those who repeatedly violate the law risk having their boats seized.

The regulation also allows undercover police investigations of possible trafficking operations and approves electronic eavesdropping on suspected people smugglers.

“I think we have approved a step forward for the security of this country,” said Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister and…

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