"Although the prosecution has initiated a preliminary investigation against me in the afternoon, they have also informed us that they will not help to bring the rescued from the island," said Rackete in a video posted on Twitter shortly before he docked the ship. "I have decided to enter the harbor, which is free at night, alone."
She did not resist when the authorities took her into custody.
A protracted quarrel between Salvini and Rackete ended, knowing that she was arrested when she landed but was determined to bring the rescued migrants to safety. Salvini had said that the responsibility for the German-owned ship sailing under the Dutch flag rests with the Netherlands.
On Saturday morning, a few hours after Rackete's arrest, the 40 migrants left the ship. Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal will accept them, the Foreign Ministry announced.
Sea-Watch 3 was one of the first migration rescue vessels to test the latest migration laws in Italy.
Under Salvini, the country In June 2018, the ports for migrant rescue vessels were closed. Earlier this month, a decree was passed that would allow docking of ships without approval with fines of up to US $ 57,000.
Although the Decree does not explicitly mention migrant rescue vessels, this is the case A clear attempt to prevent such ships – which discourage thousands of Mediterranean migrants every year – from docking in Italian ports.
Eliza Mackintosh, Valentina Di Donato and Duarte Mendonca of CNN contributed to this report.