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Shipwreck in the Channel: justice seeking information to identify the bodies


The Paris prosecutor's office called on Wednesday, December 1 to transmit to investigators "any information likely to help in the identification" of the 27 ...

The Paris prosecutor's office called on Wednesday, December 1 to transmit to investigators "

any information likely to help in the identification

" of the 27 migrants, including two adolescents and a child, who died during the shipwreck in the Channel of their boat there is a week.

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Any information useful for the identification of the victims can be sent to the address, indicates in a press release the prosecutor of the Republic of Paris, Laure Beccuau. On November 24, 17 men, seven women, two teenagers and a child died in the sinking of their boat, in the sea separating France from the United Kingdom. Only two men survived, of Somali and Iraqi nationality.

The Gendarmerie Unit for the Identification of Disaster Victims (UGIVC) of the Criminal Research Institute of the National Gendarmerie (IRCGN) "

ensures the collection of ante-mortem information, obtained from relatives of victims and related associations. with the castaways, and post mortem resulting from the examination of the bodies and the highlighting of identifying elements (in particular fingerprints, dental records, DNA samples)

”, she explains. The results are then studied during an identification commission, under the authority of the prosecutor, “in

order to formally certify the identity of the victims and to issue burial permits.


The National Jurisdiction against Organized Crime (Junalco) in Paris dealt with the investigation opened, in particular for manslaughter, assistance with the entry, movement or illegal stay of a foreigner in France in an organized gang. , trafficking in human beings in an organized gang and participation in a criminal association.

The aim of the investigation is to determine the circumstances of the sinking, to identify the victims and to dismantle the networks of smugglers.

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The investigations were entrusted to the research section of the maritime gendarmerie, the Central Office for the repression of irregular immigration and the employment of foreigners without title (Ocriest) and the mobile research brigade of Coquelles ( Pas-de-Calais) of the central border police department.

This drama, the deadliest to have occurred in the Channel, has rekindled tensions between France and the United Kingdom over the fight against the “



, which have developed since 2018.

Source: lefigaro

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