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Migrant escaped to look for ‘decent life’

Hamdi Nehmawi escaped custody.Hamdi Nehmawi escaped custody.

A Tunisian irregular immigrant who escaped custody was re-arrested on Tuesday and yesterday jailed for two years after admitting to the single charge of escaping.

Hamdi Nehmawi, 23, from Tunis, was living at the Ħal Far detention centre. Aided by an interpreter, he told Magistrate Gabriella Vella that as a young man he wanted a decent life like all others and could not live in a room with four men staring at the four walls around him.

His arraignment follows that of two Somali immigrants who escaped during the same incident on Monday. They were remanded in custody.

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