Police arrest 3 alleged smugglers on boat carrying 199

Under investigation in connection with death of Mali migrant

14 April, 14:19

    A boat carrying migrants rescued in the Mediterranean (archive) A boat carrying migrants rescued in the Mediterranean (archive)

    (ANSAmed) - POZZALLO (RAGUSA)- Three alleged immigrant smugglers who were reportedly in charge of a boat carrying 199 migrants rescued by a merchant ship in the Mediterranean and taken to Pozzallo on April 10, were arrested on Monday by Carabinieri and finance police. They are two 19-year-olds from Senegal - Yakjya Sagnang and Sonko Mamdou - and an 18-year-old from Gambia, Bambo Jaiteh.
    The three are also under investigation for the death of a young man from Mali who died in hospital in Ragusa one day after landing because of the strenuous trip. The man has not been identified yet.
    Investigators believe they were in charge of the fishing boat carrying 199 people including newborns and women who were rescued by a merchant ship in the Mediterranean and taken to Pozzallo.
    Some of the migrants said they were in Libya for 15 days before making the crossing and they were kept inside a warehouse with very little food.
    The smugglers were reportedly ordered by their Libyan chiefs to issue a distress signal to Italian authorities as soon as they reached international waters.
    The three face charges of criminal association aimed at aiding and abetting illegal immigration which also resulted in the death of the young migrant. (ANSAmed).

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