And his description of the dire state of affairs has been confirmed by a psychologist from the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) charity, who additionally visited the scene.
The Italian coastguard vessel Ubaldo Diciotti picked up 190 folks on August 15 from an overcrowded boat roughly 17 nautical miles from the Italian island of Lampedusa. 13 folks have been evacuated for emergency medical therapy, however the remaining remained on board.
On Monday evening, the ship arrived Catania – however once more, none of passengers, which embody 29 unaccompanied minors, have been permitted ashore, with Mr Salvini steadfast in his refusal, though subsequently 27 minors have been finally allowed to disembark,leaving 150 adults o board.
Mr Pattinaggio, who’s investigating the state of affairs on behalf of town of Agrigento, mentioned: “On board Diciotti there are folks sick with scabies and infants: devastating actuality.”
Formally the probe has been launched in opposition to “unknowns” – however it’s clear that if a prosecution have been to be launched, Mr Salvini would the one below investigation, provided that the accountability for the touchdown ban rests with him.
Mr Pattinaggio insisted that his investigation was not politically motivated, including: “To make an inspection it was technically essential to open the case for kidnapping and unlawful arrest.
“However the technical authorized analysis and the identification of any accountable individual is advanced and I reserve the fitting to make any additional determination after the investigations I’ve delegated to the Coast Guard”.
“I cannot intrude within the operational decisions of ministers, additionally as a result of any prison value determinations can be the accountability of the Courtroom of ministers. So, no interference with politics”.
Most of the migrants are affected by scabies
I’ve discovered that they’re virtually all affected by scabies
He painted a grim image of the scene on board the ship, saying: ”I’ve discovered that they’re virtually all affected by scabies.
“A devastating actuality, ranging from the dangerous smells that stay on you.
“Somebody who had by no means been in touch with this actuality was with me. Very upset.
“He instructed me that seeing it stay adjustments all the pieces, it isn’t as we learn within the newspapers. He is proper.”
Mr Pattingagio was additionally involved by the big quantity on younger folks on the ship.
He defined: “There’s additionally a giant downside regarding unaccompanied minors. I discovered 29, together with somewhat lady.
“This is the reason I share the priority and attraction launched by the president of the courtroom of minors in Catania on the necessity to shortly guarantee these younger folks obtain ample care and therapy on the bottom”.
Referring to the ship’s arrival at Lampedusa earlier this month, he added: “We now have actually obtained the touchdown of seven youngsters and 6 significantly ailing adults, together with a lady who had an abortion, a migrant with tuberculosis, all of whom needed to be taken on patrol boats to be handled within the Lampedusa clinic”.
Inside Minister Matteo Salvini has remained defiant within the face of criticism
MSF psychologist Nathalie Leiba mentioned: “I went to the harbour in Catania to offer psychological assist to a gaggle of Eritrean youngsters who had been allowed to depart the Diciotti boat. I discovered them exhausted. They have been confused.
“They understood that there had been an issue which meant that they couldn’t disembark, however they didn’t know why.
“Amongst them there have been some notably susceptible instances. They instructed us their tales, about what they skilled in Libya. There are two specific instances that basically left an impression on me.
“There was one boy who couldn’t see effectively. He saved squinting and adjusting his eyes to the sunshine.
Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio has threatened to droop EU funding
“His pupils have been very dilated. He instructed me he had been held at nighttime for a yr and was tortured whereas the Libyan guards compelled him to name his household and ask for cash.
“The opposite youngster had been harm within the shoulder when he was 15. He had been shot within the shoulder by the boys trafficking him. Now, he has ache in his shoulder and his hand is completely clenched.
“The group have been apprehensive for his or her mates who remained on board the Diciotti. Detaining folks on board for a very long time in unsure situations – youngsters, males, ladies, individuals who have had tough experiences of torture and mistreatment – it harms their psychological well-being.”
Mr Salvini, the right-wing chief of the Lega celebration, has remained defiant within the face of criticism of his refusal to permit the migrants to disembark until he receives assurances that they are going to “go elsewhere”.
In a video uploaded to Fb, he mentioned: “I heard that the prosecutor’s workplace in Agrigento has opened an investigation.
“I additionally heard that the suspects are ‘unknown’ for the time being. However I’m not unknown.
“My title is Matteo Salvini, I’m the minister of the inside. Come on, attempt me too, I’m right here.”
Italian Deputy Prime Minister and 5 Star Motion chief Luigi Di Maio immediately mentioned his celebration would vote to droop funding to the European Union subsequent yr until different states agreed to soak up migrants being held on a coastguard ship in Sicily.
He warned: “If tomorrow nothing comes out of a European Fee assembly on redistributing migrants from the Diciotti ship, the 5-Star and I cannot be prepared to offer 20 billion euros annually to the EU.”