Crotone migrant shipwreck, today Mattarella in the funeral home

This morning the interrogation of the minor smuggler. The survivors: “He decided who could get out of the hold to get some air”

The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella will be in Crotone today where he will pay homage to the 67 victims of the shipwreck of Steccato di Cutro on Sunday morning. The Head of State will also go briefly to the hospital where he will miss some of the injured survivors.

This morning, at the Catanzaro juvenile prison, the guarantee interrogation of Hassnan I., the 17-year-old Pakistani arrested on Sunday, together with two other men, will be held, accused of having driven the boat that sank on Sunday morning. According to the magistrates, the boy, together with Arslan Khalid, also Pakistani, whose arrest was validated yesterday, managed “the movements of migrants in Turkish territory until they boarded the first boat”. Furthermore, for the prosecutors he would have been the one to “manage the migrants on board the boat on the directive of the smugglers”.

“Sometimes he went down to the hold – the survivors say, as stated in the arrest warrant – and told us not to make any noise. In addition, I often saw him take videos on board with his phone. There is also a photograph attached to the documents in which the boy is seen in the upper part of the sailing boat “distant from the rest of the migrants, deducing a certain freedom of movement even at the bow of the vessel”, write the investigators. Another survivor tells of Hassnan: “how the member of the crew that managed the movements of the migrants on board the boats together with the smugglers. He would take people out of the hold and bring them over for air. To smoke a cigarette I had to ask his permission. I saw it spent with the other crew members. He was with the Syrian in the first boat and then both passed on to the second boat”.