Tunisian accused in migrant boat disaster appears in Italian court

April 24, 2015 9:21 AM

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CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) - The presumed captain of a migrant boat that sank off Libya with the loss of more than 700 lives appeared before an Italian judge on Friday after prosecutors asked that he be charged with homicide and people-trafficking.

Mohammed Alì Malek, 27, has denied that he was in charge of the heavily overloaded fishing boat which capsized shortly before midnight on Saturday with hundreds of African and Bangladeshi migrants locked in its lower decks.

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