A Berlin-based non-governmental organization (NGO) implicated in a major human smuggling investigation has announced the suspension of its sea mission in the Greek islands.
A total of 33 suspects tied to four NGOs were rounded up in late September amid an extensive probe conducted by Greek intelligence and counter-terrorism agencies who believe the trafficking network was engaged in espionage and attacks on national security.
While Greek authorities have not directly confirmed the names of the NGOs allegedly involved in the operation, reports in Greek media have indicated that one called Mare Liberum is likely at the center of the investigation.
On Oct. 9th, Mare Liberum announced a halt to their work in the Aegean Sea.
Greek authorities are investigating 4 NGOs and 35 ppl for human trafficking, forming a criminal organization & espionage. To not put our crew members or our organisation at risk, we will stop operating from the Mare Liberum for now. Full statement: https://t.co/BHP7zCgQkn pic.twitter.com/514n1KcrFy
— Mare Liberum e.V. (@teammareliberum) October 9, 2020
“Unfortunately, at the moment we cannot foresee the risk of criminalizing our organization and the crew on board,” the NGO said in a press release. “It would therefore be irresponsible to put the crew on board the Mare Liberum in physical danger again. We will therefore temporarily suspend our mission on board the ship.”
“This decision was a difficult one, but it is clear that we will not give up on principle. We will use the time for repair work, evaluate the situation regularly and resume our operations on board the ship as soon as possible.”
German MP Petr Bystron hailed the news, thanking Infowars Europe for bringing broader attention to the story in recent weeks.
“A great triumph! Mare Liberum ends the smuggling activities after Greek investigations and our revelations!” Bystron tweeted on Wednesday.
— ᴘᴇᴛʀ ʙʏsᴛʀᴏɴ (@PetrBystronAfD) October 14, 2020
MP Bystron credits Infowars Europe as being “the first” international outlet to cover the sweeping takedown after reports first surfaced in Greek media, and he asserts the German mainstream press has completely ignored or suppressed the story.
InfoWars Journalist @CitizenAnalyst war der Erste, der außerhalb Griechenlands über die Verhaftung der 33 NGO-Mitarbeiteter auf Lesbos berichtete. Ich besuchte mit ihm am Freitag das Hauptquartier des Schlepper-Netzwerks in Kreuzberg!https://t.co/odhyeX8YJh
— ᴘᴇᴛʀ ʙʏsᴛʀᴏɴ (@PetrBystronAfD) October 13, 2020
Bystron recently brought Infowars Europe to visit a location in Berlin believed to serve as headquarters for multiple NGOs implicated in the scandal, including Mare Liberum.
“The German government, on the one side, is denying supporting all those groups [NGOs], but on the other side, it is supporting them. A very nice expression of the support is that Germany is the only country in the world giving flags to those [NGO] ships. They are all now under German flag,” Bystron told Infowars.
A months-long investigation into the smuggling network was reportedly launched by Greece in May and originally targeted six NGOs, but evidence has only been brought against four of the organizations, at least two of which are headquartered in Berlin.
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