Three migrants, two of them minors, will appear before a Malta court on May 20th on charges of terrorism after an incident on El Hiblu 1 (IMO 9753258).
On March 28th El Hiblu 1 took 108 migrants to Malta after rescuing them in international waters.
The prosecution has said that the three being charged were the ringleaders in changing the route of the vessel after taking control of it through force and intimidation. The migrants had initially been assured that they would disembark in Europe, but the commander of the tanker then resumed the route for Libya. After the migrants onboard reacted the boat headed to Malta, where it disembarked the migrants. During that incident the three youths allegedly hijacked the ship.
2015-built, Palau-flagged, 498 gt Elhiblu 1 is owned and managed by Salah Ali M Elhiblu of Palau.