The Cruise Europa ferry from the Minoan Lines company reached the port of Ancona in Italy from Greece when the body of a 24-year-old Afghan man was discovered on September 6, 2020 | Photo: ANSA/Marina Verdenelli
The Cruise Europa ferry from the Minoan Lines company reached the port of Ancona in Italy from Greece when the body of a 24-year-old Afghan man was discovered on September 6, 2020 | Photo: ANSA/Marina Verdenelli

A 24-year-old Afghan migrant, who was found dead inside the garage of a ferry that reached Ancona from Greece on Sunday, had an application in his pocket asking for the possibility of obtaining the status of political refugee in Greece, officials said Monday, September 7. Greek authorities had not processed his request yet. The young man was identified thanks to the document.

S J, a 24-year-old Afghan migrant, who was found dead on Sunday on a ferry at the port of Ancona, was identified because officials found a request for the granting of political refugee status in Greece in one of his pockets, Italian authorities said on Monday, September 7.

The young man is believed to have died of asphyxiation in the hold of a Cruise Europa ferry operated by Minoan Lines. Greek authorities had not ruled on his case yet.

Temperature reached 50 degrees in the ferry's garage

The ferry docked in Ancona shortly before 5 pm on Sunday from Greece. The migrant's lifeless body was discovered in the ferry's garage, where temperatures in the summer can reach 50 degrees Celsius. Officials believe that SJ died a few hours before his body was found while the ferry, which departed from Patras, Greece and stopped in Igoumenitsa, was at sea.

Authorities are investigating the case to understand whether the youth boarded the ferry hidden in a truck.

Truck drivers did not notice the youth

Maritime border police coordinating the investigation, led by Commander Stefano Santiloni, questioned the drivers whose trucks were near the area where the man's body was discovered. All the drivers said they did not notice the youth, according to officials.

Prosecutor Ruggiero Dicuonzo is deciding whether to request an autopsy to understand the cause of death, investigative sources said. Officials have ruled out murder as the man's body did not have wounds or signs of violence and believe he probably died of asphyxiation, according to sources.
 

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