Italian public prosecuter charges two men with causing the drowning of 700 refugees ⋆

Italian public prosecuter charges two men with causing the drowning of 700 refugees



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The public prosecutor in the Italian island of Sicily charged two men today with causing the drowning death of 700 refugees in the Mediterranean.

In April 18, 2015 a ship loaded with more than six times the permitted number of passengers sailed from the Libyan coast towards Europe, with more than 700 refugees on board, but the ship sank just after it took off the Libyan coast, and more than 700 refugees drowned, only 28 people survived, making this incident the worst drowning catastrophe in the Mediterranean Sea last year.

The two men, a 27 year-old Tunisian and a 25 year-old Syrian, deny the charges and claim that they were refugees seeking asylum in Europe, but the survivors of the tragedy confirmed that the Tunisian man is the captain of the ship and that the Syrian man is his assistant.



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