Eritrean priest denies Trapani charge of facilitating clandestine migration
An Eritrean human rights activist is being investigated by the public prosecutor in Trapani for allegedly illegally sending information about boats and landings to NGO rescue ships. Don Mossie Zerai, better known as a candidate for the
Don Mossie Zerai, better known as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 than as a people smuggler, has been charged with facilitating clandestine immigration by the Trapani public prosecutor.
Zerai is the founder of Habeshia, described as “lifejacket for migrants,” a blog where he provides last-minute and life-saving information to his fellow countrymen trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Habeshia serves as a hotline and distress signal for many Eritreans and others stranded in open waters.
Zerai released the following statement asserting his innocence on his website.