Counter-investigation of the events leading to the seizure of an NGO rescue vessel


The research by Forensic Oceanography and Forensic Architecture – a research agency; based at Goldsmiths, University of London – offers a counter investigation which fully refutes the allegations which led to the seizure of the IUVENTA and which formed the legal ground of the criminal investigations against us.

The video presented here offers a counter-investigation of the authorities’ version, and a refutation of their accusations. While the  latter operate by decontextualizing factual elements and recombining them into a spurious chain of events, our analysis attempts instead to cross-reference all elements of evidence into a coherent spatio-temporal model. This is made possible by the exponential increase in video documentation recorded by NGOs and other actors at sea. From our reconstruction, it appears that the Iuventa crew did not return empty boats for re-use, nor communicated with anyone potentially connected with smuggling networks. The materials we have reviewed further show the Iuventa crew’s professionalism and commitment to saving lives at sea
Forensic Oceanography and Forensic Architecture





IUVENTA - Seizure Counter Investigation