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Migrant shipwreck: Somali arrested

Published 08/11/2013 | 15:26

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Two Italian policemen hold pictures of Palestinian Attour Abdalmenem, left, and Somali Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin who have been arrested over the migrant shipwreck disaster (AP)

A Somali man who allegedly organised a ship crossing of migrants from northern Africa to Europe that ended in a shipwreck killing more than 365 people has been arrested by police in Sicily.

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The boat packed with more than 500 migrants, mostly Eritreans, capsized on October 3 near the small island of Lampedusa, resulting in one of the highest verified death tolls among migrant ship disasters in the Mediterranean.

Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin, 34, now faces charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, people trafficking and criminal association with the goal of aiding illegal immigration. The suspect was identified by survivors.

Authorities also detained a 47-year-old Palestinian for allegedly aiding illegal migration.

Authorities previously arrested a Tunisian believed to have been the ship's captain.

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