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Italians hold Greek for young Afghan’s death

ROME (AP) – Investigators are looking into the death of an Afghan youth, a likely would-be immigrant, whose body was found under a load of watermelons in a truck near the eastern Italian town of Rimini, police said yesterday. The 16-year-old was found in a niche under the cargo and is believed to have suffocated while the truck traveled from Patras to the Adriatic resort, said Rimini police official Giuseppe De Magistris. Investigators believe the boy was accompanied by at least another six people who had left the truck before the body was discovered. «Before they left, someone took care to cover the remains of that poor boy,» De Magistris said. The truck’s driver, a Greek citizen whose name was not made public, has been arrested and charged with facilitating illegal immigration, a crime that carries a sentence of up to 12 years in prison.