“A court in Sicily has convicted two men over the sinking of a ship carrying hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean in April 2015.
Some 700 people died in the wreck, making it one of the deadliest ever migrant disasters. The deaths prompted calls in Europe to take the migration crisis more seriously.
Now, a judge in Sicily found Tunisian Mohammed Ali Malek guilty of manslaughter and sentenced him to 18 years in prison, NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast unit, adding that Malek was accused of captaining the doomed ship. She adds: “Malek denied he was the boat’s captain, saying he had paid for passage like everyone else. But survivors’ accounts indicated that he was the man in charge.”
The court also handed a five-year sentence to a Syrian man named Mahmud Bikhit, who was identified as a cabin boy, as Sylvia reports.”