Migrants arrive on Lampedusa on November 1, 2020 | Photo: ANSA
Migrants arrive on Lampedusa on November 1, 2020 | Photo: ANSA

A man sentenced to 25 years in prison in Greece for human trafficking was arrested in Italy this week. He reportedly smuggled migrants from Turkey to Greece.

Italian police arrested a 33-year-old Turkish citizen in Orio al Serio in the province of Bergamo on Monday as he was about to board a direct flight to Turkey.

The man had been sentenced to 25 years in prison in Greece for human trafficking between Turkey and Greece in 2014. Greek judicial authorities had issued a European arrest warrant following his conviction.

Smuggled migrants from Turkey to Italy?

The man had also previously been arrested in Italy in 2015, after a court in the southern Italian city of Crotone had issued a warrant on charges of facilitating irregular migration.

He had been stopped in Italian territorial waters aboard a 30-meter sailboat flying a US flag with 124 foreigners of various nationalities aboard, including many women and unaccompanied minors, who said they had departed from Turkey five days earlier. The sailboat had been towing a rubber dinghy. Authorities believe that the dinghy would have been used to transfer the migrants from the sailboat to the Italian coast.

 

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