Smuggler sentenced as more migrants leave Libya

Stephen Spark

The Assize Court in Agrigento, Italy, has sentenced Somali national Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin to 30 years in prison for his part in the brutal Mediterranean migrant smuggling trade.

After charging migrants – mostly Eritreans and Somalis – USD3,000 for their passage to Europe, Muhidin and his gang abused some of them, extorted another USD1,000 from their victims at the beachhead in Libya, then forced them at gunpoint on to rubber dinghies. The migrants’ desperate search for a better life turned to disaster as the boats sank. In all, 366 of Muhidin’s passengers died en route to the Italian island of Lampedusa in October 2013.

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