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Tunisian authorities did not hand over to Italy DNA samples from relatives of missing migrants (Defense Committee)

Defence committee member of the families of missing illegal migrants, Ayoub Ghdamsi, said Friday that Tunisian authorities have not given the Ministry of the Interior fingerprints and DNA samples of relatives of these missing.

“It is for this reason that the Italian authorities have not been able so far to determine the true identities of these irregular migrants”, he added, during a press briefing in Tunis, stressing that the European Health Organisation has confirmed this information.

Regarding the case of Mohamed Jebali, who illegally migrated to Italy in 2011, the lawyer said Trapani prison official said he was arrested in the same year and then repatriated in 2012.

“However, this has been denied by the Tunisian authorities and the Italian Ministry of Justice who indicated in an official correspondence that Mohamed Jbali was incarcerated in the Turin prison and released in 2014.

“Faced with the divergence of these versions and the concealment of the truth, the defense committee suspects the two countries of being involved in a case of human trafficking and kidnapping.”

This case, he said, concerns 850 missing persons who have left Tunisia for Italy, calling on the Tunisian courts to assume their responsibilities, to carry out the necessary investigations and to reveal the truth.

He also reported that around 200 irregular migrants have been repatriated from Italy to Tunisia between December 2017 and January 2018, stating that most of them are from Gafsa and Redeyef.

He added that 170 Tunisians including families and children who were incarcerated in the Lampedusa prison have not been repatriated so far.

Meriem Mnaouer, secretary-general of the Tunisian party that organised the press briefing in its headquarters, told media that she has filed a complaint against former prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi, former Prime Minister Hamadi Jbeli, and former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi.

Source: TAP News Agency

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