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Migrant woman dead near Calais: 15 people indicted

2023-10-10T20:13:42.046Z

Highlights: Migrant woman dead near Calais: 15 people indicted. A smuggling network is suspected of having organised the crossing to England. On 26 September, a young Eritrean woman was found dead on the beach of Blériot, on the Opal Coast. The victim "who was on board an overloaded small boat, appeared to have been trampled in a stampede involving men, women and children," says prosecutor Carole Étienne.These indictments on October 5 and 6 follow a vast operation carried out on October 2.


A smuggling network is suspected of having organised the crossing to England during which a migrant woman was "trampled underfoot".


Fifteen people have been indicted as part of an investigation into a network of smugglers suspected of having organised the crossing to England during which an Eritrean migrant died "trampled underfoot" at the end of September, near Calais, the Lille prosecutor's office announced on Tuesday (October 10th).

These indictments on October 5 and 6 follow a vast operation carried out on October 2, during which 16 people of Tunisian, Syrian, Libyan, Iraqi, Afghan, Guinean and Sudanese nationalities were arrested, prosecutor Carole Étienne said in a statement. Eleven of the 15 indicted were remanded in custody.

Smuggling network

This raid is part of an investigation carried out for several months into a "network of smugglers of international dimension allowing the crossing of migrants to the United Kingdom via small boats", explains the prosecutor. At the beginning of July, the public prosecutor's office of the Specialized Interregional Jurisdiction of Lille opened a judicial investigation. On 26 September, a young Eritrean woman was found dead on the beach of Blériot, on the Opal Coast. The victim "who was on board an overloaded small boat, appeared to have been trampled in a stampede involving men, women and children," Ms. Étienne wrote.

The coroner blamed her death on "asphyxiation resulting from a restriction of ventilation," she said. The boat on which the victim hoped to make the crossing was carrying 80 people of Albanian, Algerian, Sudanese and Yemeni nationalities, the prosecutor's office said. Upon arrival in Britain, British police arrested a young Sudanese man suspected of driving the boat. Following this death, because of its "connection" with the judicial investigation already opened in Lille, the latter was extended to the charge of "involuntary manslaughter by manifestly deliberate violation of an obligation of safety or prudence", says Ms Étienne.

These arrests come shortly after the death of another migrant, a young man "potentially of Eritrean nationality, about 17 years old," according to the prosecutor's office of Boulogne-sur-Mer, who was discovered dead Sunday on a beach in northern France, this time in Pas-de-Calais.

Source: lefigaro

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