ITALY-LIBYA. D'ELIA: GHEDDAFI'S REGIME UNTRUSTWORTHY
September 22, 2008: "The threatening technique of creating emergencies and then asking for money to resolve them was often used by the Libyan regime. The regime is characterised among other things by the cynical use of the drama of illegal immigrants that depart from the Libyan coast, which destabilises our country" Sergio D'Elia, Hands Off Cain Secretary said. D'Elia was commenting on the incident between the Libyan ambassador in Italy and the Internal Minister Roberto Maroni.
"In recent years, thanks to law 271 passed in 2004, Libya has already obtained help for building at least three detention centres for migrants, and the results of this help can be seen on the Italian coast," D'Elia said.
"The problem is that Italy hasn't given this help conditional on the respect of fundamental human rights and minimum international rules for detention in such structures, where the violation of human rights is systematic."
"The abuses weren't only confirmed by humanitarian organisations, but by top people from the Italian Secret Service, including the ex-director of SISDE Prefect Mario Mori. In 2005, during a hearing of the Parliamentary Committee in Control of the Secret Services, Mori said that in Libya, "the illegal immigrants arrived tied like dogs, put in pick-up trucks and released in detention centres where the entry guards need cloths over their mouths due to the nauseating smellâŚ"
"The detention centre in Seba is one of the detention centres financed by Italians, where rejected illegal immigrants from Italian temporary holding centres are transferred." Mori visited Seba in January 2005, and found there were 650 people housed there, instead of a hundred, amassed against each other without respect to hygiene norms and in terrible conditions." (Sources: radicali.it, 22/09/2008)