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Ireland Man wanted in connection with deaths of 39 migrants found in refrigerated trailer, fights extradition to UK

09:35  22 november  2019
09:35  22 november  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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A MAN wanted in connection with the deaths of 39 migrants in a refrigerated trailer is to challenge his proposed extradition to the UK next month. British authorities are seeking the surrender of Eamon Harrison, 22, from Mayobridge, Co Down, to face 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to assist

It is alleged that Eamon Harrison delivered the trailer to a Belgian port before its journey to Britain.

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A Co Down man wanted in connection with the deaths of 39 migrants in a refrigerated trailer is to challenge his proposed extradition to the UK next month.

British authorities are seeking the surrender of Eamon Harrison (22) from Mayobridge, Co Down, to face 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and conspiracy to commit human trafficking under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act.

It is alleged that Mr Harrison delivered the trailer, in which the bodies of eight women and 31 men were found in an industrial park in Grays, Esssex on October 23 last, to a Belgian port before it’s onward journey to Britain.

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He was arrested in Ireland on foot of a European Arrest Warrant earlier this month by detectives from the Garda’s extradition unit. When asked by Detective Sergeant Jim Kirwan whether he knew what the charges were about, Mr Harrison said: “yes”, the High Court in Dublin has heard.

The driver of the lorry, Maurice Robinson (25), from Craigavon, Co Armagh, was arrested by Essex police at the scene.

Det Sgt Kirwan told the High Court that the trailer unit had been delivered by a lorry to Zeebrugge, Belgium before being transported to the UK where it was collected by Maurice Robinson from the Port of Purfleet, Essex.

“On 22nd of October 2019, Eamon Harrison had been identified as the driver of the lorry which was used to deliver the trailer unit to the port in Zeebrugge,” the detective said.

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A man wanted by Essex Police as part of the investigation into the 39 lorry trailer deaths has been arrested at Dublin port. He is understood to be sought by Essex Police as part of their investigation into the deaths of eight women and 31 men found in the refrigerated trailer in an industrial park in

A warrant issued in an attempt to extradite a lorry driver wanted in connection with the deaths of 39 people in Essex was rushed, a court in Ireland has heard. Kennedy said Harrison signed the shipping notice for the refrigerated container, which was later found in an industrial park in Grays, Essex, on

a fire truck sitting on top of a car: The container lorry where 39 people were found dead The container lorry where 39 people were found dead He said a shipping notice provided at Zeebrugge was allegedly signed in the name ‘Eamonn Harrison’, who then travelled back to Ireland via a ferry from Cherbourg, France.”

Counsel for the Minister for Justice, Ronan Kennedy SC, told the High Court today that further information from the UK authorities would be required in respect of a number of matters.

Mr Kennedy said there was some “ambiguity” in respect of where the offences were alleged to have been committed and he asked the High Court to use its power to seek further information, in light of the objections raised by Mr Harrison’s lawyers.

Counsel for Mr Harrison, Siobhán Stack SC, said her client was travelling on an Irish passport, but the warrant refers to him as a British citizen.

Ms Stack said her client’s nationality was critical in determining whether his surrender was prohibited on grounds of “extra-territoriality”. Mr Harrison is due to swear an affidavit in that regard in the coming days.

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A man wanted by Essex Police as part of the investigation into the 39 lorry trailer deaths has been arrested at Dublin port. He is understood to be sought by Essex Police as part of their investigation into the deaths of eight women and 31 men found in the refrigerated trailer in an industrial park in

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She said the warrant was rendered fundamentally defective by the “extreme lack of information”.

All that was said in the warrant was that Mr Harrison delivered the trailer in which 39 people were subsequently found dead in Britain but the warrant seemed to allege that the offences were committed in Belgium.

Ms Stack said the manslaughter charges involved the tragic death of 39 people but there was no information in the warrant on where those deaths occurred, which was a “critical issue”.

Mr Justice Donald Binchy said a number of matters had been identified which required clarification from the UK authorities.

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