Jihad on the Mediterranean? 'I Heard Their Screams, and Then They Were Gone'

Seven Muslim refugees from Africa were recently convicted in Italy of throwing Christians from a dinghy on the journey across the Mediterranean. Prosecutors say it was a crime of faith. But was it?
An overcrowded dinghy off the Libyan coast in 2016.

An overcrowded dinghy off the Libyan coast in 2016.

Foto: GIORGOS MOUTAFIS/ REUTERS
Did Muslim refugees throw Christians overboard during a 2015 Mediterranean crossing?

Did Muslim refugees throw Christians overboard during a 2015 Mediterranean crossing?

Foto: Jan Feindt/ DER SPIEGEL
Among the witnesses is Muslim man. Among the defendants is a Christian.

Among the witnesses is Muslim man. Among the defendants is a Christian.

Foto: Jan Feindt/ DER SPIEGEL
The court acquitted eight defendants and convicted seven.

The court acquitted eight defendants and convicted seven.

Foto: Jan Feindt/ DER SPIEGEL
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan