Cameroonian man cleared of mass murder

Individual had been accused of killing six migrants during tragic sea crossing in 2014

One of the inflatable raft’s survivors arriving in Almería in 2014 after being rescued by the emergency services (Photo: EPA)

By Richard Torné

A Cameroonian man who went on trial last month accused of murdering six migrants has been cleared of all counts of homicide by a jury in Almería city.

At the trial the Audiencia Provincial court heard the accused, identified as 36-year-old A.M.B., was one of a group of about 29 sub-Saharan migrants who set off from the Moroccan coastal town of Nador aboard an inflatable raft in December 2014.

However, during the crossing six of the victims were allegedly beaten and thrown overboard by two men, among them A.M.B., after the vessel’s engine broke down.

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