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Eritrean Human-Trafficker Mered Medhanie extradited to Italy


An Eritrean man believed to be at the heart of the operation to smuggle migrants from Africa to Europe has been extradited to Italy, prosecutors say. 

Mered Medhanie, known as The General, was held in Sudan in May and was flown to Rome on Tuesday. 

Britain's National Crime Agency said he is thought to have arranged the transit of a boat that sank near the Italian island of Lampedusa in October 2013. 

At least 359 migrants died when the boat, travelling from Libya, capsized. 

Most were from Eritrea and Somalia.

Italian news agency Ansa said Mr Medhanie was accused of being "the leader and organiser of one of the largest criminal groups operating between central Africa and Libya".

The investigation is being led by investigators in Palermo, Sicily. Mr Medhanie is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

The National Crime Agency said they tracked him down to an address in Khartoum, where he was then arrested.

 
Mered Medhanie was arrested in Sudan and extradited to Italy

Click here to read more on Mered Medhanie at the BBC


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