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The Alternative for Germany (AfD) has filed criminal charges against seven German NGO’s for human trafficking — including Doctors Without Borders.

Malta has since impounded multiple Sea-Watch vessels that are sponsored by the Lutheran Church in Germany using taxpayer funds.

Human traffickers  contact the Italian coast guard in advance to receive support and to pick up their dubious cargo. NGO ships are directed to the “rescue spot” even as those to be rescued are still in Libya. The 15 ships that we observed are owned or leased by NGOs have regularly been seen to leave their Italian ports, head south, stop short of reaching the Libyan coast, pick up their human cargo, and take course back 260 miles to Italy even though the port of Zarzis in Tunis is just 60 miles away from the rescue spot.

The captain of a ship run by Dresden-based Mission Lifeline, Claus-Peter Reisch, has also been arrested in Malta and charged with sailing under false flag. He has since been released on bail, but must remain on Malta until trial.

The charges being filed by AfD are based on a German law against human trafficking (Aufenthaltsgesetz §96) which deems it a crime to “aid or assist in illegal immigration repeatedly or on behalf of several foreigners, or for profit”. They are supported by all 92 members of parliament of the AfD, and was conceived by Petr Bystron, a former Czech refugee who is now AfD spokesman on the Foreign Committee of the German Bundestag.

Bystron is the Speaker of the Alternative for Germany party (AfD) on the Foreign Policy Committee of the German Bundestag. {snip}

According to the AfD, the NGOs use their people-trafficking activity to acquire donations totalling millions of Euros. SOS Mediterranée has an annual  budget of around €4 million, Sea-Watch €1.7 million, Sea-Eye €500.000 and Mission Lifeline (which just began raising money in Fall of 2017) €250.000.

“Malta did the only sensible thing,” Bystron told Gateway Pundit. “The German captain of Mission Lifeline Claus-Peter Reisch will be tried in Malta, his vessel was impounded. These long overdue steps send a clear signal to all the illegal people-smugglers active in the Mediterranean, and to the world: These NGOs are human traffickers and radical leftist No Borders activists, not humanitarian life-savers. They need to be punished, not supported.”

The NGOs have long enjoyed the support of legitimate political parties and the media, who often obtain their news coverage directly from the NGO press departments.

Charges were filed against the heads of Mission Lifeline e.V. Klaus-Peter Reisch, Axel Steier, Sascha Pietsch and Hermine Poschmann. Also against Prof. Dr. Tilman Mischkowsky of Sea-Eye e.V., Jakob Berndt of SOS Mediterranee Deutschland e.V., Harald Höppner of Sea-Watch e.V., Florian Westphal of Doctors without Borders Germany, Susanna Krüger of Save The Children Germany e.V. and Julian Pahlke of Jugend rettet e.V..