Migrant disaster: Skipper guilty over 700 Mediterranean deaths

Source: BBC

Mohammed Ali Malek (file pic 2015)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionMohammed Ali Malek had denied being captain of the boat

A Tunisian man has been found guilty by a court in Sicily of causing the sinking of a boat in which 700 migrants died in April 2015.

Mohammed Ali Malek, who had denied being the boat’s captain, was given 18 years in jail. He was also convicted of manslaughter and human trafficking. A Syrian was handed a five-year sentence.

The heavily overcrowded boat sank off Libya after colliding with a merchant vessel that had come to its rescue.

Only 28 people survived the disaster.

Many of those who died had been crammed into the hold of the fishing boat and locked inside.

 

Picture of migrant boat wreck off Libyan coast (1 July 2016)Image copyrightITALIAN NAVY
Image captionThe wreck of the migrant boat was found at a depth of 370m (1,200 ft)

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