A COURT is investigating if six immigrants rescued from a boat which arrived in the region of Murcia last week are culpable for the death of an 11-year-old child who drowned.
Ayman was the only minor among the seven people who travelled on the boat, could not swim and did not have a life jacket. When the boat capsized, he drowned, allegedly within sight of the adults, one of whom was a relative. He became the first of the recent wave of immigrants to officially be known to have died in the region of Murcia.
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Relatives of the child travelled to the region from their home in France to try to find some clue as to his whereabouts. Two days after the shipwreck, María Antonia Martínez, the head of the Instruction Court 3 in Cartagena, took a statement and charged the six survivors of the shipwreck, all of them men between 20 and 30 years old, with an alleged crime of reckless homicide. The judge ordered the release of the six defendants on charges. However, since they were persons who attempted to enter the country illegally, it authorised the police to transfer them to the Aliens Internment Centre (CIE) in Sangonera (Murcia).
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