Police in Sicily have detained a 34-year-old Somali alleged to be the organizer behind the smugglers’ ship packed with migrants that sank off the coast of a southern Italian island, killing more than 365 migrants.
Police on Friday announced the detention of Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin, who faces charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, people trafficking and criminal association with the goal of aiding illegal immigration. The suspect was identified by survivors.
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The Moldovan dancer who admitted having an affair with Captain Francesco Schettino, the commander of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, has insisted her presence on the bridge did not distract him on the night that the liner ran aground on the island of Giglio.
Domnica Cemortan, 26, had dinner with Captain Schettino, 53, and was invited on to the bridge about 15 minutes before the ship smashed into rocks, prompting a panic-stricken evacuation of its 4,200 passengers. “It’s very easy for Italians to think that the blonde, the Moldovan dancer, distracted the captain. But I didn’t,”