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Italian prosecutors probe Mediterranean tragedy

Publish date: 13 November 2017
Issue Number: 751
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: General

Italian prosecutors are investigating the deaths of 26 Nigerian women – most of them teenagers – whose bodies were recovered at sea. BBC News reports that there are suspicions that they may have been sexually abused and murdered as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean. Five migrants are being questioned in the southern port of Salerno. This after a Spanish warship docked there with 375 migrants and the victims. People-smuggling gangs charge each migrant about $6 000 to get to Italy, $4 000 of which is for the trans-Saharan journey to Libya.

Full BBC News report