Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Italy arrest Tunisian captain over migrant ship disaster

Two survivors of the Mediterranean migrant tragedy were arrested as they stepped onto Sicilian soil last night, some 24 hours after their boat capsized, killing around 900 people in one of the worst maritime tragedies in recent history.
One is the boat's Tunisian captain, the other his Syrian crew member. Both were questioned on the long journey from Libya to Sicily last night before being taken into custody and charged with 'favouring illegal immigration'. The captain was additionally charged with multiple manslaughter.

Twenty-six others stepped off the Italian coastguard's ship to applause and shouts of 'welcome', their faces heavy with the horror of what had got them there as the crowd waved flowers for the dead.

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