Criminal Charges Brought in Italy Against 5 Men Accused of Murdering Passengers On Disabled Migrant Boat

Italian authorities in Agrigento have brought criminal charges, including charges of unlawful killing, against 5 men from Ghana and Nigeria who are accused of throwing fellow migrant passengers into the sea from a disabled migrant boat this past August. The victims are alleged to been selected based upon their ethnicity or nationality. The boat in question was carrying over 300 migrants from Libya towards Lampedusa in August when it became disabled.  Italian patrol boats rescued the survivors on 4 August.  Italian authorities at the time accused NATO of failing to act to assist with the rescue of the boat.

Click here (EN), here (IT) and here (IT) for articles.

Click here and here for my earlier posts on the August incident.

Image of migrant boat from monitor inside Italian rescue helicopter

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