Vietnamese police arrested eight new people suspected of being involved in the drama of 39 migrants, probably Vietnamese, found dead in late October in the back of a refrigerated truck near London. Two Vietnamese were arrested last week in the case. Authorities in Nghe An province (center), from which several alleged victims have come, "arrested eight suspects involved in smuggling rings," said a local police official.
In the United Kingdom, the driver of the refrigerated truck from Northern Ireland has been charged with manslaughter, money laundering and conspiracy to promote illegal immigration. In Dublin, another Irishman in the North, who is involved in the case, appeared before the High Court of Justice in Ireland to initiate extradition proceedings to Britain. Three other people were arrested and released on bail by the British police.
Illegal migratory routes very organized
The discovery of the truck on 23 October provoked an international outcry and highlighted the highly organized clandestine migration routes between Vietnam and Europe. The bodies of thirty-nine migrants - thirty-one men and eight women - had been found in an industrial area of Grays, Essex, about thirty kilometers east of London. The police have so far given no indication of the exact causes of their deaths. The container arrived by ferry at Purfleet Harbor on the Thames from Zeebrugge, Belgium.
The victims have not yet been officially identified, pending the results of the DNA tests, but the British authorities, having thought they were Chinese nationals, said last week that they would be Vietnamese.Read also The discovery of 39 dead bodies in a truck in the UK, macabre illustration of human trafficking