Tunisia, waste illegally trafficked from Italy will be returned to sender: 212 containers ready to leave the port of Sousse

I 212 container loads of domestic waste trafficked illegally dall’Italy at the Tunisia they will be sent back to their homeland. To announce it, about a year and a half after the discovery of the cargo in the port of Sousse, where they are still under arrest, was the Tunisian Foreign Minister, Othman Jerandi, in a statement reported by various local media on the sidelines of a press conference on the occasion of the end of the North African country’s mandate as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Jerandi then added that other news will be announced in the next 36-48 hours. Starting with the methods of shipping the waste in Italy, yet to be agreed.

The story dates back to the summer of 2020, when Tunisian customs discovered this household waste in a cargo coming from the other side of the Mediterranean and whose export is prohibited by the legislation of Tunis and international conventions. Their transfer had been possible thanks to the fact that the importing company had presented them administratively as “non-hazardous” plastic waste.

On the case, an administrative investigation was opened in Tunisia first and then a criminal investigation which he saw 26 people investigated per corruption, including customs officials and the former Minister of the Environment, Mustapha Aroui, who was arrested. Six people are still in custody in prison, while the manager of the importing company is still wanted. On the matter, several judicial rulings are still awaited in Tunisia and Italy.

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