Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela and the country’s army chief, Jeffrey Curmi, were acquitted of murder on Sunday after an NGO convicted them of the return to Libya of a group of migrants rescued with five migrants in their waters. dead on board and seven others missing in the original shipwreck.
International law prohibits states from returning asylum seekers to a country where they are persecuted.
However, the investigation revealed that Malta had complied with its international commitments and that there was no evidence to link either the Prime Minister or the Army chief to the incident.
The court also exempted a group of soldiers accused of sabotaging the engine of another ship with migrants on board. This emerges from a call from the parties concerned to the NGO Alarm Phone.
Malta has been refusing to accept rescued asylum seekers for two months because its coronavirus pandemic has depleted its resources.