Human trafficker faces four years in jail

An Algerian human trafficker arrested in charge of a dangerous and leaky boat off the shores of Almería is facing four years in jail.

The public prosecutor has made the demand, saying that the man’s avarice put the lives of nine migrants at risk.

The fibreglass boat, which experts say was unseaworthy, was rescued by the Spanish coastguard last November 29 in high seas off the coast of the Cabo de Gata. The nine migrants say they paid the man €700 apiece for the voyage.

The only passenger wearing a life jacket was the accused. The trial is expected to open shortly at Almería’s provincial courts.

 

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