Italian Prosecutor: Wiretaps Reveal NGOs Working With Human Smugglers to Flood ItalyChris Menahan
Apr. 28, 2017
MILAN (AP) -- An Italian prosecutor on Thursday defended his accusation that non-governmental organizations operating rescue boats in the Mediterranean are colluding with migrant smugglers after one humanitarian organization said the charge threatened its work and requested proof for the allegation.
In separate comments to the ANSA news agency, Zuccaro said he was identifying on a phenomenon, not individual organizations, in an attempt to prevent greater abuses. He said prosecutors would need investigative help to seek charges.
Zuccaro told La Stampa last week: "We have evidence that there are direct contacts between certain NGOs and people traffickers in Libya."