Migrants arrive at a naval base after being rescued by Libyan coast guards in Tripoli, Libya April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
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Italy's highest court of appeal on Tuesday rejected a request by the German NGO Jugend Rettet to release its migrant rescue boat, impounded eight months ago on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration.Two security officers employed on another rescue boat presented images that they alleged showed Jugend Rettet members conversing with suspected smugglers. They had also allegedly been seen sending back a wooden boat to Libya that was then used to transport more migrants. That boat had been seized in mid-March after NGO workers refused to hand over migrants saved during a rescue mission off the Libyan coast to the Libyan coastguard, instead delivering them to the Italian island of Sicily.In recent days, more than 1,500 migrants were rescued off Libya and at least 11 people have died after boats capsized.
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