Lunedì 02 Maggio 2016 - 13:45

Police arrest suspected human trafficker after Friday shipwreck

According to the authorities, the suspect is a 24-years-old Malian citizen whose name is Thiarè Yosuf

Police arrest suspected human trafficker after Friday shipwreck

One man has been detained by the police on Monday, on the suspect of being the immigrant trafficker who was at the helm of a rubber boat that sank last Friday in the Mediterranean Sea, after leaving Libya with at least 125 migrants on board. According to the authorities, the suspect is a 24-years-old Malian citizen whose name is Thiarè Yosuf. The bodies of two people were recovered after the shipwreck, while 99 other migrants were rescued and taken to Pozzallo, Sicily. Two of them were in bad condition and were taken to the Lampedusa hospital. The survivors said that around 25 other people drowned during the sinking of the rubber boat.

Yosuf is accused of causing the death of the migrants and aiding and abetting human trafficking. The migrants paid one thousand dollars each for Friday's attempt of crossing the Mediterranean Sea and reach Europe. Their rubber boat began to deflate because of a puncture and, when they saw a merchant ship, they began waving at it crying for help and almost all of them fell into the water.
 

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