Spanish activist in Moroccan court over people smuggling charge

Helena Maleno is thought to have saved hundreds of lives by alerting maritime authorities to plight of vulnerable migrants

A Spanish journalist and human rights activist who is thought to have saved hundreds of lives by alerting maritime authorities to the plight of vulnerable migrants in the Mediterranean has appeared in court in Morocco over allegations that she has been colluding with people traffickers.

Helena Maleno and her Walking Borders NGO have, over the past few years, fielded distress calls from people crossing from north Africa, passing on their details and locations to the Spanish coastguard so they can be rescued.

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