Survivors of a small boat say bodies of 25 migrants were thrown overboard

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Survivors of a small boat say bodies of 25 migrants were thrown overboard
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The survivors of a boat were rescued on Monday after landing 25 kilometers south of Gran Canaria.
The survivors of a boat were rescued on Monday after landing 25 kilometers south of Gran Canaria.Elvira Urquizo A. (EFE)

The Canarian Way returns to collect dozens of anonymous victims in just a few days. The national police have reported this Thursday the arrest of three alleged custodians of a small boat that arrived at the dock of La Restinga (El Hierro) on Sunday with 48 people, including women and children. One of the migrants, apparently a minor, came up dead; And the other five, two of whom were minors, had to be hospitalised. The human tragedy experienced on the ship during the eight days of the voyage, however, was much greater: according to the testimony of survivors, 25 people died and their bodies were thrown overboard.

The migrants informed the police about the harsh conditions that took place during the journey. He said there were about 75 people leaving Mauritania (the police note said the boat had left Nauakchot in the early hours of March 19) and as usual, the water supply ran out within days. For the migrants to drink salt water. The provisions available on board were limited to cookies.

Apart from paucity of water and food, the migrants faced “harsh conditions imposed by the owners during the journey”, as they assured the police. According to these evidences, the three masters tied a person and beat him. According to the ever-surviving survivors, 25 people whose bodies were dumped in the water were already dead before reaching the ground. The detainees disposed of the last four bodies shortly before they reached the island of El Hierro.

After the first investigation, investigators arrested three people, the alleged custodians of the boat, the alleged perpetrators of murder crimes and against the rights of foreign nationals. Two of them, once brought to justice, entered preventive detention.

The weekend saw a reactivation of the Canarian route, with 289 migrants arriving in El Hierro, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

On Monday, a Las Palmas court sentenced the owner of a boat, which in October 2020 to 16 people after drifting in the Atlantic for two weeks, to nine years in prison. Out of these, the bodies of 15 dead were also dumped. on top of the ship. The defendant, a Moroccan native, Khalid M., who initially faced 32 years in prison, will serve a sentence for 16 offenses of felony murder and reckless murder, crimes against the rights of foreigners, and will have to pay compensation to the accused’s relatives with 90,000. Only one of the Euro dead has been identified.

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