Police arrest three over death of migrants thrown overboard

Police arrest three over death of migrants thrown from overboard


The police in Spain have arrested three people over the deaths of five migrants who were deliberately forced off a speedboat last November, just off an Atlantic ocean beach in Cadiz in southern Spain, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

The two men and one woman detained in the Algeciras area about 70km southeast of Cadiz, are accused of forcing the migrants to jump at knife point into the swell with strong currents, despite knowing that many migrants could not swim.

The trio are also suspected of belonging to a criminal organisation, offences against the rights of foreign nationals, injuries and smuggling.

Police, who made the arrests after finding the boat, said there were at least 37 migrants on board who had paid between 3,000 and 12,000 euros each for the journey between Kenitra in Morocco and Cadiz.

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