An Italian financial police video shows the fast dinghies used by the traffickers | Credit: ANSA/GUARDIA DI FINANZA
An Italian financial police video shows the fast dinghies used by the traffickers | Credit: ANSA/GUARDIA DI FINANZA

The Italian authorities have arrested 15 individuals on charges of terrorism and aiding and abetting clandestine immigration to Italy. They allegedly belong to a criminal organization that offered journeys on fast dinghies from Tunisia to Sicily for 2,500 euros.

Palermo carabinieri carried out 15 arrest warrants in Palermo, Trapani, Caltanissetta and Brescia on Thursday morning. The arrests had been requested by Italian DDA anti-mafia and anti-terrorism forces. Those arrested have been charged with aiding and abetting of clandestine immigration, tobacco smuggling, illegally bringing migrants into the country, and illegally exercising financial intermediation activities. 


2,500 euros for a journey from Tunisia 

The organization allegedly charged 2,500 euros for a journey from Tunisia to the Trapani coast on fast dinghies. The Palermo prosecutors who issued the warrants said that the group was a "threat to national security because it was able to offer a safe, quick journey appealing especially to those wanted by Tunisian security forces or suspected of links with terrorist organizations."

Earnings reinvested in more dinghies 

The criminal organization, which operated in Italy and Tunisia, was reportedly also involved in smuggling tobacco that had been processed abroad and was then sold in the Palermo area with the help of local Italians. The earnings were held by specific individuals designated by the organization and were used to buy more dinghies and to help members who had problems with the law, officials said. 



 

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