Italy sentences ship captain for Libya pushback

A court in Naples has convicted the captain of an Italian commercial ship for returning 101 migrants rescued at sea to Libya.

It is the first such sanction in Italy and in Europe, noted the media outlet. The tugboat was owned by an energy firm and used by oil platforms located near the Libyan coast.

The ship’s captain, Giuseppe Sotgiu, was found guilty of abandonment-related charges and sentenced to one year in prison.

However, the court absolved the defendant of the most serious charge — abuse of office — according to a copy of the sentence.