Tunisia asks for release of fishermen held in Italy

Charged with aiding illegal immigration, protest at embassy

06 September, 20:19

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, SEPTEMBER 6 - Tunisia has officially asked Italy to immediately release six Tunisian fishermen in jail since August 29 in Agrigento on charges of aggravated aiding and abetting illegal immigration. This was declared by Tunisian Secretary of State for Migration and Tunisian Abroad, Adel Jarboui.

    He added that the Tunisian government would ensure that the rights of those arrested were respected and that all necessary support will be provided. A protest to call for the fishermen's release was held on Thursday in front of the Italian embassy in Tunis by Zarzis fishermen and the NGO ''La Terre Pour Tous".

    ''Tunisian authorities have already named a lawyer they trust for the defense of those fishermen from Zarzis,'' Jarboui said, adding that the men arrested had simply tried to save the irregular migrants, five of whom have already been repatriated to Tunisia, while the other nine have been placed in a reception center on Lampedusa. (ANSAmed).

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