The German aid organization Sea-Eye has filed a lawsuit against Italy for fixing the ship Alan Kurdi in a court in Sicily. "In our opinion, the decision by the Italian transport authority to be illegal and creates legal uncertainties that should make it impossible for Alan Kurdi to continue deployments ," said a spokesman for the organization from Regensburg in Bavaria, Gorden Isler.
The lawsuit should be rushed to the regional administrative court in Palermo, Isler said. According to the newspaper report, it is directed against the Ministry of Transport in Rome and the Port Authority of Palermo.
Italian authorities had fixed the Alan Kurdi on May 5, among other things due to technical defects. The ship was later allowed to go to the Spanish port of Burriana near Valencia for maintenance. "We want to file again in September if possible - and the fundamental question should be clarified," said Isler.
Sea-Eye argues that the coastal state of Italy was not allowed to decide on security issues because, according to international agreements, this is the responsibility of the so-called flag state. That is the case with Alan Kurdi Germany.
Italian authorities are currently detaining two rescue vessels Ocean Viking and Sea-Watch 3 from other organizations in Sicily . A new ship of several groups, the Sea-Watch 4 initiated by the Evangelical Church , is being prepared for use in Burriana. The operators wanted to present details on Thursday.