Defendants Kader, Lamin and Abdalla in front of the courthouse in Valletta.

Defendants Kader, Lamin and Abdalla in front of the courthouse in Valletta.

Foto: Joanna Demarco / DER SPIEGEL

Three Teenage Refugees on Trial in Malta "How Are We Supposed to Be Terrorists?"

Three teenagers stand accused of hijacking a merchant vessel to get to Malta. They face stiff sentences – even though the case against them still hasn't been proven. The young men, it seems, have been caught up in a story that is bigger than their own.
DER SPIEGEL 13/2021
SPIEGEL International
The "Hiblu 3" reading their mail

The "Hiblu 3" reading their mail

Foto: Joanna Demarco / DER SPIEGEL
Migrants and security personnel onboard the El Hiblu 1.

Migrants and security personnel onboard the El Hiblu 1.

Foto: R. Rossignaud / picture alliance / AP
Foto: Joanna Demarco / DER SPIEGEL
Letters from supporters

Letters from supporters

Foto: Joanna Demarco / Der Spiegel
The trio walking down a street in Fgura after their football match.

The trio walking down a street in Fgura after their football match.

Foto: Joanna Demarco / DER SPIEGEL
Lamin's mobile phone with a reminder to check in at the police station.

Lamin's mobile phone with a reminder to check in at the police station.

Foto: Joanna Demarco / Der Spiegel
Abdalla and Lamin playing soccer

Abdalla and Lamin playing soccer

Foto: Joanna Demarco / Der Spiegel