Rescue ship ‘bumped’ Italy police boat, in judge’s resizing

  • From left, Claudio Paterniti Martello, Marco Bertotto, Riicardo Nury, Giorgia, Alessandro Mez, Filippo Miraglia and Arturo Salerno meet the media at the foreign press association in Rome, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Humanitarian groups that have operated rescue ships in the Mediterranean are disputing the Italian interior minister’s narrative that their presence provokes departures from lawless Libya. Italian spokesman for Doctors Without Borders, Marco Bertotto, told a press conference Wednesday that only one out of every six smugglers’ boats that departed Libya in the first six months of the year was met by a humanitarian rescue ship. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

  • Italian Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, left, is flanked by the Minister For Agricultural Resources ,Gian Marco Centinaio, as he addresses the Lower Chamber in Rome, Wednesday, July 3, 3019. Italy’s interior minister has told parliament that a German captain of a migrant rescue ship had no reason to force her ship to an Italian port. Matteo Salvini told the lower house of parliament on Wednesday that the migrants onboard the Sea-Watch ship would have been allowed to disembark anyway soon after captain Carola Rackete defied Italian orders to stay away. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)

MILAN (AP) — A sea captain who forced a rescue ship carrying 40 migrants into an Italian island port against orders of authorities appears to have acted in accordance with maritime law, according to a court order that freed the German volunteer from house arrest in Italy.