Italy sentences Somali man to life in prison for Libya migrant camp abuses


ROME, Oct. 11 — An Italian court in Milan on Tuesday sentenced a
Somali man to life in prison for murder, abduction for ransom, rape, and
torture in a migrant detention camp in Libya.

Osman Ismail Matammud, 22, was jailed in September 2016 after being
recognized in Milan by his former victims — two young girls who had been
held at a detention camp in the Libyan town of Bani Walid before getting on
a boat to Italy. The court found Matammud guilty of holding captive dozens
of his fellow nationals, both men and women, and torturing them to extort
money from their families back home. Four people died as a result of the
torture he inflicted, the court found, according to ANSA news agency. The
young man, who had passed himself off as an asylum seeker in order to enter
Italy, defended himself by saying he was also a victim at the migrant
detention camp.

Present at the sentencing were several more of his victims, who joined the
case as civil plaintiffs. They told ANSA that they were thankful to Italy
for “having received justice”.Matammud will have to serve the first three
years of his sentence in daytime solitary confinement, and if he happens to
get out before serving his full sentence, he must be deported immediately,
the Milan court also ruled. The victims and the perpetrator all reached
Italy after being rescued from migrant boats run by human traffickers.Italy
this year made deals with Libya to stop the flow of migrants from the
Libyan coast, raising concerns about the human rights situation in migrant
detention camps in the north African country. – XINHUA