"The captain repeatedly stated that he did not have control of the ship and that he and his crew were forced and threatened by a number of migrants to travel to Malta, AFM's P21 patrol ship preventing the tanker from doing so Maltese territory to enter waters, "said a Maltese government statement.
The Maltese authorities contacted the ship's captain when the tanker was about 30 nautical miles off the coast.
A special unit was sent to bring the ship on board and secure it. [19659002DerTankermitBesatzungundMigrantenanBordwurdenachBoilerWharfimHafenvonVallettaimSüdostenMaltasgebrachtwodiePolizei"furtherinvestigationswillcarryout"
The ship saved 108 migrants off the coast of Libya, according to Reuters.
They abducted the ship when the captain clarified this. We would bring them back into the country, the news agency added.
Matteo Salvini, deputy Italian Prime Minister, said Wednesday that Italy had not allowed "criminals" one Piracy, according to Reuters
The NGO Sea Watch, which carries out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, criticized Salvini's comments in a press release.
"We need to look at these 108 people with an eye for humanity and understand that all the measures taken yesterday are understood in self-defense against the deadly consequences imposed by Europe's inhuman border policy," says Johannes Bayer, Chairman of Sea-Watch.
A recent crackdown on crossings from Libya has resulted in an overhang of migrants.
Thousands of migrants are still in Libyan state detention centers and nightmare reports of forced labor, exploitation and inhuman conditions by the men they paid for their transfers across the Mediterranean
"It is perfectly legitimate for people to who are in distress to refuse to return to Libya, and where they know they will suffer only the most serious violations of their rights and the most humiliating treatment, "he told Bayer