The Supreme Court in Italy issued a ruling condemning the handing over of refugees and immigrants who were rescued in the Mediterranean to the Libyan Coast Guard, considering that Libya is not a safe country to shelter immigrants.

The Italian ANSA news agency reported that this decision constitutes a final condemnation of the captain of the private Italian ship “Aso 28,” which rescued more than 100 immigrants in 2018 and then handed them over to the Libyan Coast Guard.

The judges of the Supreme Court considered that facilitating the interception of immigrants and refugees by the Libyan Coast Guard falls under the crime of “abandoning minors or helpless persons in a state of danger, and arbitrarily disembarking and abandoning persons.”