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Pylos Shipwreck Trial Opens in Athens, Raising Concerns over Criminalization of Migrants

HeadlineMay 21, 2024

In Greece, the trial is opening for nine Egyptian men accused of smuggling migrants in the Pylos shipwreck that killed some 600 people in June of last year. But the accused men say they are being scapegoated and are themselves victims. Human Rights Watch is warning the trial risks overlooking the criminal responsibility of Greek authorities. The majority of victims of the shipwreck were from Pakistan. Others were from Syria and Egypt. This is survivor Inzimam Maqbool speaking from Athens Monday.

Inzimam Maqbool: “I want give me justice for all people died, Pakistani 400 people, only 12 people rescued. … All the families in Pakistan of people died in sea, all, they call, in mother, father, sister and wife, call me: 'Where is my husband? Where is my brother? Where is my cousin? Tell me!' What will I tell them?”

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