World Bulletin / News Desk
A gang member involved in the Lampedusa migrant boat shipwreck is thought to be on the run in Sweden, with police reportedly on his heels after multiple other arrests on Tuesday.
On October 3rd an overcrowded migrant boat sank leaving 366 people dead. Five people have been arrested in connection with the shipwreck. Italian media reported on Tuesday that Italian police are still looking for a few others, including one man thought to be in Sweden.
The gang is accused of not only planning the dangerous journeys but also of abusing migrants. Survivors of the shipwreck testified to rape and torture at the hands of the people-smugglers.
The Local Italy reported that the anti-mafia authority (DDA) in Palermo thinks the group is a part of a transnational criminal organization trafficking people across the Mediterranean. The gang members are from Sudan, Ethiopia, and Eritrea.
Numerous searches the police made were able piece together the workings of the gang in which they seized cash and money transfer documents.Last Mod: 02 Temmuz 2014, 16:54