Tunisia arrests major migrant trafficker

Tunisian authorities say investigators in Sfax have arrested the organiser of clandestine crossings, who is wanted in 24 cases and has been sentenced to 79 years in prison. – EPA pic, May 26, 2023.

TUNISIA has arrested a man suspected being the organiser of a ring that smuggled migrants across the Mediterranean, including an attempted crossing in which 20 people drowned, authorities said.

The North African country, which lies just 130km from the Italian island of Lampedusa, has long been a favoured steppingstone for migrants attempting the perilous sea journey to Europe.

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