The Daily Telegraph

Smugglers jailed over deaths of 200 migrants


An Egyptian court sentenced 56 people to up to 14 years in jail yesterday over the capsizing of a boat that killed more than 200 migrants.

The boat sank off the Egyptian coast in September last year. It was carrying Egyptians, Sudanese, Eritreans and Somalis and was thought to be headed for Italy. Rescue workers and fishermen saved 169 people, but at least 202 died. The 56 were charged with causing accidental deaths, using insufficie­nt rescue equipment, endangerin­g lives and receiving money from the victims.

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