Lege Guiseppe Pomilla beskrev de tre timene han søkte etter overlevende mellom hundrevis av flytende lik. Han sa:

‘Det var et mareritt. Det var en kirkegård. Det var døde kropper overalt»

‘Først så det ut til at det ikke var noen i live. Klokken var ett om natten og havet var svart. Ved hjelp av lommelykten kunne jeg bare se 2-3 meter rundt gummibåten. Men det var lett å se hvem som var døde, fordi når man dør av drukning, så blir øynene røde.

‘De røde øynene var overalt, alle unge menn. De fleste hadde på seg t-skjorte og vanlige klær, men enkelte var nakne. Kanskje havstrømmene hadde revet av dem klærne.»

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Enrico Vitiello og Guiseppe Pomilla – redningsmenn som blir preget for bestandig.

Dr Pomilla said that he had immediately identified the suspected captain of the traffickers, who was pale skinned, and joked about it when he first met him on the merchant ship that had saved his life, after being called to help the stricken boat.

He added: ‘I said «You’re the trafficker then». He said «No, no». Then he laughed.

‘I have been doing this job so long I see who is the trafficker straight away. It’s written on their face. And they are always in much better shape than the others who are normally exhausted and tired.’

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Menneskesmugleren Mohammed Ali Malek greide ikke å huske det falske navnet han først hadde oppgitt.

Nurse Enrico Vitiello, also with the Order of Malta and working on the Coast Guard vessel, said that the two suspected traffickers had kept themselves apart from the other survivors.

He said: ‘We knew it was them. They didn’t want to be with the others. They just wanted to stay on their own. One black guy once put his arm on the Tunisian guy’s shoulder and he immediately pushed him off.’  

Malek was later charged with multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and aiding illegal immigration.

Mohammed Ali Malek er arrestert som følge av kantringen hvor 950 mennesker mistet livet.

Daily Mail

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