According to a note published this Tuesday on the digital site of that government agency, the Undersecretary of State, Alfredo Mantovano, ordered the Attorney General’s Office to present the name of that Council and the Ministry of the Interior in the trial, whose first hearing It is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday.
The decision was made considering the extreme seriousness of the events, recorded on February 26, 2023 a short distance from the Calabrian town of Steccato di Cutro, when a boat from Turkey, with the most less than 180 migrants on board, ran aground on a sandbank at the mouth of the Tacina River.
The impact exposed the ship, which had navigational difficulties, to the ferocity of the sea waves, which caused it to capsize and break down, causing the death of at least 94 people and a high number of missing people.
The defendants face charges of complicity in illegal immigration, negligent shipwreck and death as a result of the crime of conspiracy, the publication said.
The so-called Cutro decree, which was approved in March of this year during a meeting of the Council of Ministers held in the city of that name, shortly after the aforementioned shipwreck, established more serious punishment for human traffickers and other measures to deal with migration.
According to the latest report released by the Italian Ministry of the Interior, from January 1 to November 28, 2023, 152,216 irregular migrants landed on the country’s shores, a figure higher than the 94,343 that arrived at the same time. year.
Among the migrants who arrived this year by sea, Guineans came first, with 18,086, followed by Tunisians, with 17,073, from the Ivory Coast, with 15,936, as well as nationals of Bangladesh and Egypt, with 11,518 and 10,881 people, respectively. , specified in the source.