19/11/2022 04:45:00

Police break up human trafficking operation run from Sicily

  Police on Thursday arrested 18 people, 11 Tunisian nationals and seven Italians, to break up a human trafficking ring that operated from Sicily.
The traffickers allegedly regularly took off from the port of Gela or from the coast of the province of Agrigento to pick up asylum seekers in Tunisia and then immediately return with them to Italy.

Police took 12 of the suspects to jail, while the other six were put under house arrest.

Investigators believe the traffickers picked up 10 to 30 asylum seekers during each trip.

The asylum seekers paid between 3,000 and 5,000 euros each and the gang made an alleged profit of between 30,000 and 70,000 euros from every trip.

The evidence gathered by prosecutors Caltanissetta includes a wiretap in which one trafficker gives an order to another for the asylum seekers to be thrown overboard if the boat encountered problems such as engine failure.

English News | 2023-05-16 04:05:00

Prisoner who broke out of Sicilian courthouse recaptured

  An Italian prisoner who broke out of a Sicilian courthouse last Friday was recaptured overnight, local sources said Sunday. The escape of Francesco Adragna, 36, who had escaped from the Trapani courthouse on Friday morning, where he had been...

English News | 2023-05-14 02:35:00

Prisoner flees courthouse in Trapani

 A man serving time for minor offences escaped from a courthouse in Sicily on Friday. The man had been taken to the courthouse in Trapani for a hearing from his cell in a prison in Agrigento, they said. A manhunt has been launched and...