At 3.30 pm, the two traffickers who were part of the crew of the boat that sank off the coast of Libya are going to be questioned in the prison of Catania. The lawyer of the two men, Massimo Ferrante, announced it. During the night between Saturday and Sunday, a fishing boat sank off the coast of Libya causing 950 migrants to die, just a few survived.
According to the testimonies of the survivors, many people – women and children above all – were locked in the hold, the boat probably capsized after the collision. Some of the survived minors saw the trafficker; he saw the cargo, panicked, left the helm and hid among them. Some told they saw him drinking and smoking hashish.
The Italian Minister of Interior, Angelino Alfano, is going to Malta to attend the interreligious funeral for the victims tomorrow, his Maltese counterpart, Carmelo Abela and Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.
Moreover, the Commission for Constitutional Affairs of the Senate decided to start an “investigation on migration”. “I think this is a positive and important initiative. Today, the Presidency Office of the Commission has listened to the prefect Morcone, Head of the Department for Migration of the Minister of Interior – declared Anna Finocchiaro, President of the First Commission of Palazzo Madama – He gave us starting points, feedbacks and news that will allow us to do a useful and fruitful work”.
In addition, today, the President of the EU Council, Donald Tusk, called a meeting with the leaders of the EU in Brussels in order to take part to an extraordinary Council; the aim is to discuss the arrival of migrants from North Africa and the shipwreck of April 18th/19th off the coast of Libya.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa