A migrant disembarks from the Italian Coast Guard ship 'Diciotti' in the port of Catania, Italy | Photo: ANSA/ORIETTA SCARDINO
A migrant disembarks from the Italian Coast Guard ship 'Diciotti' in the port of Catania, Italy | Photo: ANSA/ORIETTA SCARDINO

Prosecutors in Italy have requested the indictment of four foreign nationals accused of being human traffickers. They were allegedly responsible for the migrant boat that was later rescued by the Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotti. The boat is at the center of a legal case involving Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

The Palermo prosecutor's officer has requested the indictment of four alleged traffickers that were at the helm of a boat rescued in August 2018 by the Diciotti Coast Guard ship. The ship was later stuck in the Catania port for days because Interior Minister Matteo Salvini issued the order that the migrants and refugees should be prevented from disembarking. The interior minister was accused of kidnapping as a result. 

Three Egyptians and Bangladeshi 

Palermo prosecutors transferred part of the Diciotti file to the ministers' court, but were left in charge of the case against the alleged traffickers. 

The Egyptians Ahmed Shalaby Farid, Ashraf Abnibrahim, and Al Jezar Mahammed Ezet, as well as Bangladeshi citizen Shahalom Mohammod, stand accused of criminal association for human trafficking, rape, and the aiding and abetting of clandestine immigration. Prosecutors say that they were part of a criminal organization managing journeys from Libya to Sicily. 

 

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