The German captain of a humanitarian migrant rescue ship is being taken in an Italian border police motorboat to a court hearing on whether she stays under house arrest.
Italian state radio said Carola Rackete was being escorted Monday from the tiny island of Lampedusa to a port in Sicily, where she will be transferred to a courtroom in the town of Agrigento.
A judge will question her in the presence of her lawyers and prosecutors.
On Saturday, Carola Rackete’s defied Italy’s anti-migrant interior minister, Matteo Salvini, and port authorities, by steering Sea-Watch 3 to Lampedusa’s dock so 40 migrants, which the ship rescued on June 12, could disembark.
Prosecutors allege she deliberately rammed a border police boat blocking her path. Carola Rackete’s lawyers say she didn’t intend to harm anyone.