Peace and Freedom

 Migrants who survived a boat sinking over the weekend arrived at the Sicilian port city of Catania early on Tuesday.Credit Alessandro Di Meo/European Pressphoto Agency

BBC News

The Tunisian captain of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants, has been charged with reckless multiple homicide, Italian officials say.

He has also been charged along with a Syrian member of the crew with favouring illegal immigration.

The two were among 27 survivors who arrived in Sicily late on Monday.

The authorities say the disaster was caused by mistakes made by the captain and the ship being overcrowded.

Prosecutors in the Sicilian port of Catania said the boat had collided with a Portuguese container ship just before it capsized, but absolved the merchant vessel’s crew of any responsibility.

They said the boat had keeled over after the collision which had been caused by steering mistakes by…

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