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Refugee On Trial For Drowning Six Christians Who Failed Faith Test

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent

A Cameroonian refugee in Spain is accused of throwing six Christians into a certain death in the sea when 50 migrants tried to reach Spain in 2014.

The Cameroonian man — a Muslim man identified as Alain N.B. — captained the small boat from Morocco to Spain. The journey was hit with high winds and rough seas and the passengers struggled to hang on.

Survivors have described how the captain “blamed the rough seas which were rocking the boat on the prayers led by a Catholic pastor on board.” The captain and his second in command then allegedly started hitting a Nigerian pastor with planks of wood before throwing six Christians overboard.

The prosecutor is recommending a total sentence of 90 years — 15 years for each murder — with the “religious motivation” being an aggravating actor in the case.

“[Alain N.B.] was aware that the victims could not possibly survive and that they would die, either by drowning, from the cold, or from the physical injuries they had suffered,” the prosecutor said. “He was aware of the low temperature, the rough seas and the great distance from the coast and the absence of any nearby boats which could rescue them.”

Border patrol found 29 survivors Dec. 5, 2014. Several infants had also died when their mothers couldn’t hold on because of the harsh conditions.

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