athens [Greece]June 16 (ANI): Nine crew members were detained for smuggling people after an overcrowded vessel sank in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, killing dozens, CNN reported.
People’s human rights activists have accused Greek authorities of ignoring those on board.
According to CNN, according to the Greek Coast Guard, nine Egyptian nationals aged between 20 and 40 were also detained on suspicion of forming a criminal organization, manslaughter, willingness to take risks, and causing shipwreck.
The ship capsized off the coast of Greece en route from the Libyan coastal city of Tobruk to Italy.
At least 78 people died, however, some reports put the number as high as 750.
The Greek coastguard said on Wednesday the ship sank in international waters 47 nautical miles southwest of Pylos, off the Peloponnese coast.
Four survivors were hospitalized in Kalamata city with symptoms of hypothermia. Dozens of others were taken to a shelter in the city set up by the ambulance service and the UN refugee agency to receive dry clothes and medical care.
Coast Guard authorities arrested the men after two days of questioning in the southern Greek port city of Kalamata, where 104 shipwreck survivors were transferred to a facility near Athens on Friday, CNN reported. been temporarily accommodated.
Nine people arrested in connection with the migrant boat tragedy are expected to appear before local magistrates next Monday. (Arnie)
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