Italy fined for sending migrants back
Paris - A European court has ordered Italy to pay thousands of euros to 24 Somali and Eritrean migrants who fled Libya in 2009 for Italian shores.
Italian vessels picked up the migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and returned them to Libya, where they were handed over to authorities.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that they risked ill treatment in Libya, where it said migrants are systematically detained. They also risked being sent back to Somalia and Eritrea, where they might be detained or even tortured.
The court also said Italy had violated a prohibition against mass expulsions since it did not examine their cases.
The court ordered Italy to pay each of the migrants €15 000 and another €1 575 to be shared to cover costs.