The millionaire people smugglers who laughed when they heard hundreds had died: Police hunt cruel traffickers making a fortune from deadly Mediterranean crossings in Libya
* Mered Medhanie and Ermias Ghermay 'have made £72m in last two years'
* Medhanie heard on police wiretap mocking the fatal overcrowding of ships
* Ghermay reportedly said: 'I don't know what happened, they probably died'
* Pair wanted over major smuggling ring, but are hiding in lawless Libya
Two millionaire people traffickers have been heard mocking the migrant boat disasters that have resulted in thousands of deaths in the Mediterranean, it has been reported.
One of them, an Eritrean called Mered Medhanie, also known as The General, was heard laughing on a police wiretap about overloading migrant ships, a problem that causes them to capsize.
Medhanie, 34, who is based in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, is said to have boasted: 'They say I put too many
A second trafficker, Ermias
He was heard declaring last summer: 'They organised another trip a few days ago. I don't know what happened – they probably died.'
Reports of the conversations come just days after at least 900 people were feared to have drowned in one of the worst maritime disasters since the end of World War Two.
More than 1,700 have perished in the last week alone.
Italian police yesterday released
Medhanie, who reportedly compares himself to the former Libyan dictator, and his accomplice enjoy the protection of local law authorities in the capital after it was taken over by a rival Islamist faction.