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Eritrean priest responsible for saving thousands in Mediterranean accused of aiding illegal immigration

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today

An Eritrean priest responsible for saving thousands of lives aboard migrant ships in the Mediterranean is being investigated by an Italian public prosecutor for aiding illegal immigration.

Father Mussie Zerai, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015, is accused of illegally sending information about boats and landings to NGO rescue ships.

A rescue boat of the Spanish NGO Proactiva approaches an overcrowded wooden vessel with migrants from Eritrea, off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean.Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

The investigation by a prosecutor in the Sicilian town of Trapani is linked to another charge against the German NGO Jugend Rettet, which is also accused of aiding illegal immigration because it rescues drowning migrants trying to reach Europe.

Zerai’s own NGO and blog called Habeshia serves as a lifeline for asylum seekers who can access advice and also relay their coordinates at sea which he then sends to the Italian or Maltese

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