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Greece: 3 accused of murder after the death of migrants on a boat

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Greek authorities say three people have been charged with murder following the deaths of 16 migrants who were killed when a boat transporting them from Turkey to Italy capsized

ATHENS, Greece – Three people have been charged with murder in Greece after the deaths of 16 migrants who were killed when a boat carrying them from Turkey to Italy capsized, authorities said on Monday.

The suspects were among 63 people rescued in the aftermath of Friday’s tragedy when the ship carrying migrants from Turkey to Italy overturned near the Greek island of Paros. They were accused of causing an accident at sea, manslaughter and membership of a criminal organization, the coast guard said.

At least 30 migrants have died at sea in three separate incidents in Greece last week and more than 160 have been rescued, including capsizing near Paros. The smugglers are now seeking to avoid the Greek islands close to the Turkish coast, which are heavily patrolled by the coast guard and the European Union’s border protection agency Frontex.

Over the weekend, Merchant Marine Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis described smugglers as “ruthless killers” who crowd people onto dilapidated boats and do not distribute life jackets, even to underage passengers. .

Two of the suspects arrested on Monday were 31 years old and the third was 40.

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