Pictured, rescued migrants during an operation off the coast of Lampedusa | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/COAST GUARD
Pictured, rescued migrants during an operation off the coast of Lampedusa | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/COAST GUARD

Italian authorities arrested six Egyptian citizens on February 10 on charges of aiding and abetting undocumented migration and murder. The victim was a migrant who was allegedly threatened and beaten aboard a boat in order to force him to remain below deck, near the engine area, until he died.

Six Egyptians, believed to be the crew of a migrant boat, were taken into custody on February 10 at the Lampedusa hotspot by the Agrigento police on charges of murder and aiding and abetting undocumented migration.

The investigation focused on numerous landings on the island.

The six suspects are charged with the murder of a migrant who, together with other people aboard the boat, was allegedly threatened and beaten in order to force him to remain below deck, near the engine area, until he died.

Investigation by authorities

The Agrigento prosecutor's office said the the six Egyptians, aged between 32 and 40, transported 70 migrants from the coasts of Libya to Italian territorial waters, aboard a boat of approximately 10 meters, exposing the migrants to grave life-threatening dangers.

The migrants, who were Bangladeshi, landed on Lampedusa on January 22.

Despite their psychological state and their difficult journey at sea, the 70 Bangladeshis provided details that allowed investigators to identify the crew of human smugglers, including the boat's captain, another crew member responsible for refueling the engines, and another responsible for maintaining order on board.

The one who maintained order reportedly did this by resorting to threats and beatings, just as in the case of the migrant who wanted to get above deck and who instead was left to die below.

The investigation was conducted by the Agrigento police.

 

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