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UK News UK police charge man with human trafficking offences in Vietnamese truck deaths inquiry

14:06  24 november  2019
14:06  24 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Northern Irish man challenges extradition over UK truck deaths

  Northern Irish man challenges extradition over UK truck deaths Northern Irish man challenges extradition over UK truck deathsBritain began extradition proceedings on Nov. 1, a week after the discovery of the bodies in an industrial estate. Eamonn Harrison, 22, was charged with human trafficking and immigration offences, as well as 39 offences of manslaughter.

A man from Northern Ireland has been charged with human trafficking offences after the bodies of 39 migrants were found in a Essex police said he was due to appear at Chelmsford magistrates court on Monday. They are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking .

The truck driver, who is also from Northern Ireland, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, and money laundering. Police have also been looking for two brothers from Northern Ireland. Police in Vietnam have arrested 10 people there in connection with the deaths .

a fire truck is parked on the side of a road: FILE PHOTO: The scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container, in Grays, Essex © Reuters/Hannah Mckay FILE PHOTO: The scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container, in Grays, Essex

LONDON (Reuters) - British police have charged a 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland with human trafficking offences as part of their inquiry into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in the back of a truck near London last month.

The police said in a statement that Christopher Kennedy was arrested on Friday, Nov. 22, and that he is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court in England on Monday.

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised charges of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of people with a view to exploitation and conspiracy to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law, it said.

The victims, 31 males and eight women, were found in a truck container on an industrial estate in Grays, Essex, not far from docks on the River Thames, on Oct. 23.

The truck driver, who is also from Northern Ireland, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, and money laundering.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

Briton who drove truck in which 39 Vietnamese died confesses to plot .
A British man admitted plotting to assist unlawful immigration after 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in the back of a truck he was driving. The driver, Maurice Robinson, also pleaded guilty to acquiring criminal property but was not asked to enter a plea on 41 other charges including 39 counts of manslaughter in a case which has shone a light on the illicit human smuggling trade.Robinson, 25, from the British province of Northern Ireland, was addressing a London court hearing from prison a month after the 39 bodies were found in the truck on an industrial estate in Grays, about 20 miles (32 km) east of London.

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