The German NGO Sea-Eye filed a lawsuit in a court in Sicily on Wednesday against the order of the Italian authorities to prevent the rescue ship Alan Kurdi from conducting operations in the Mediterranean Sea.
The petition was submitted to an administrative court in the Italian city of Palermo, as the organization’s spokesman, Gordon Isler, confirmed in statements to the German news agency DPA.
“Preferably we would like to set sail again in September, so the legal principles should be clarified,” he said. The NGO defends that Italy has no power to determine whether the ship is ready to sail.
They therefore argue that this decision falls on the flag state, in this case Germany. The Italian authorities arrested the “Alan Kurdi” in May for technical reasons and then brought him to the Spanish port of Burriana for repairs.