走私移民人口的蛇头被引渡到意大利 Top Migrant Smuggler Extradited to Italy

意大利警方周三表示,苏丹引渡了一名男子,此人涉嫌是一个向意大利走私移民的网络头目。

此人名叫密尔德,是厄立特里亚人,现年35岁,五月底在喀土穆被捕,他因跨境走私人口遭通缉已有一年多。

意大利警方在声明中说:“密尔德被认为是在利比亚至撒哈拉以南一线活动的最大移民走私蛇头”。“他不仅指挥非洲的运作,也为意大利同伙提供船只抵达最新日期,以便让移民能够继续前往(欧洲)最终目的地。”

警方还表示,监听电话录音显示,密尔德与北欧人贩保持联系。警方还指出,密尔德“漠视移民性命,愤世嫉俗,而且肆无忌惮”。

苏丹部队与意大利和英国情报机构合作追捕密尔德。密尔德是第一位在非洲被捕,后在意大利拘押的涉嫌蛇头。同希腊一样,意大利2008年以来一直受成千上万移民潮的困扰。

Sudan has extradited a man suspected of being behind a migrant trafficking network to Italy, Italian police said Wednesday.

The Eritrean Medhanie Yehdego Mered, 35, was arrested in Khartoum at the end of May. He has been on a wanted list for over a year for international people smuggling.

"Mered is considered one of the biggest migrant traffickers operating on the Libyan-sub-Saharan route," Italian police said in a statement. "He directed operations not only in Africa but also kept fellow operators in Italy up to date on the arrival of boats, to enable the migrants to continue to their final destinations [in Europe]."

Police have also said that tapped phone conversations indicate Mered was in contact with traffickers in Northern Europe. They also indicated that he showed "disregard for the lives of the migrants, appearing cynical and unscrupulous."

Sudanese forces worked with Italian and British intelligence to track down Mered. He is the first suspected top smuggler to be arrested in Africa and detained in Italy which, like Greece, has been overwhelmed by an influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants since 2008.