Italy arrests Ghanaian for trafficking, torturing migrants

Italy arrests Ghanaian for trafficking, torturing migrantsBy Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) – Italian police said on Saturday they had arrested a Ghanaian man for alleged murder, rape, kidnapping and people-smuggling after migrants he is accused of mistreating attacked him at a reception center on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. According to the arrest warrant, the African migrants turned on 20-year-old Sam Eric Ackom, known to his assailants as Fanti, when they recognized him as one of a gang that had kidnapped and tortured them in Libya during their voyage to Italy. The warrant, issued by police in the Sicilian city of Agrigento and seen by Reuters, illustrates the plight of thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty who increasingly fall victim to criminal gangs operating in lawless Libya.

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