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Writ filed to take action over death in Mediterranean

  • Published at 11:33 pm June 17th, 2019
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File photo: Migrants, who were rescued after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian Coast after they had left Libya, are seen inside a local Red Cross chapter in Zarzis, Tunisia May 11, 2019 Reuters

Many Bangladeshi nationals reportedly died after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea on May 9

A writ petition has been filed with the High Court seeking its directives to take action against travel agencies and human traffickers responsible for the deaths of 37 Bangladeshis in the Mediterranean Sea.

The writ seeks directives to take appropriate action in this regard according to the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act, 2012. 

It also seeks directives on the travel agencies, which illegally sent the Bangladeshi nationals through the waterways to Italy, and to compensate Tk1 crore each to the families of the victims.

Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Mohammed Emdadul Haque filed the petition on Sunday with annexed newspaper reports about the death of Bangladeshis in the Mediterranean Sea.

The lawyer said, the High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader is likely to hear the writ on Tuesday.

Secretaries of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Foreign affairs, Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Inspector General of Police and superintendents of police of Noakhali and Sylhet were made respondents to the writ.

The Bangladeshi nationals, most of whom were from Sylhet and Noakhali districts, reportedly died after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea on the way to Italy from Libya on May 9.