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Lampedusa migrants 'raped and tortured' by people traffickers

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Lampedusa migrants 'raped and tortured' by people traffickers


A Somali gang leader has been arrested on the Italian island Lampedusa, accused of kidnap, rape and torture.

Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin’s is accused of abusing African migrants who had paid to be taken across the Sahara to then journey to Europe. Their boat later capsized off Lampedusa on October 3 with the loss of more than 360 lives.

Muhidin, 24, was arrested after he himself arrived on Lampedusa and entered a migrant reception centre. He was set upon by people who said they recognised him as one of the leaders of the group that had arranged their long and disastrous journey to Europe.

The alleged captain of the boat, Tunisian Khaled Bensalem, has also been detained.

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