The Valletta court confirmed the arrests on charges of terrorism for three of the people stopped at the time of the landing of the merchant ship El Hiblu.1, diverted to Italy and Malta while apparently bringing a group of 108 shipwrecked to Libya. These are three teenagers aged 19, 16 and 15 years.
Â Â Â According to the indictment, the three took possession of the ship "with threats and intimidation". According to military sources, no weapons were found and no resistance was opposed at the time of the collision by the Maltese special forces.
Â Â Â According to the Maltese penal code the hijacking of a ship is an "act of terrorism" and this is the accusation that was confirmed today against the three arrested. Two come from Guinea, the other from Ivory Coast. The three risk from 7 to 30 years in prison. The captain of the merchant ship, the Libyan Nadel El Hiblu, said he feared he would die, but there are beams on his version.
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