US News 12 migrants found alive in refrigerated truck in Belgium

17:10  30 october  2019
17:10  30 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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LONDON — Twelve men were found alive in the refrigerated trailer of a truck in Belgium , the federal police said on Wednesday, in an Jana Verdegem, a spokeswoman for the Belgian Federal Police, said the 12 men were found overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning after the truck driver, who

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Twelve migrants have been found alive in a refrigerated truck in northern Belgium.

The men, who were originally from Syria and Sudan, were discovered by police in a motorway parking area outside Antwerp.

Officers went to the scene after the driver of the vehicle, which was carrying fruit and vegetables, alerted authorities.

The group has now been taken to an immigration office in the city.

It comes a week after 39 migrants were found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex.

Police launched an investigation after the bodies of eight women and 31 men were discovered in a refrigerated trailer at the Waterglade Retail Park in Grays in the early hours of Wednesday.

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As many as 12 migrants were found alive in a refrigerated truck in Belgium , police said. The driver of the truck contacted the police after suspecting that

Less than a week after 39 bodies were found in the back of a refrigerated lorry in Essex, 12 migrants have been found alive in the back of a refrigerated lorry at a port in Belgium . Local media reported a group of men had crawled into the back of the vehicle near Antwerp on Tuesday, prompting the driver

Belgian officials said the trailer came from Zeebrugge last Tuesday and was picked up by a lorry cab in Purfleet, Essex at about 12.30am the following day.

Two brothers are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter over the 39 deaths.

Ronan Hughes, 40, and Christopher Hughes, 34, both from Armagh in Northern Ireland, are also wanted on suspicion of human trafficking, Essex Police said.

The older brother also goes by the name Rowan, and both have links to the Republic of Ireland as well as Northern Ireland.

Essex Police are now investigating whether a lorry cab seized at Dublin Port by Irish police was the lorry that delivered the refrigerated trailer to Zeebrugge port last Tuesday with the 39 people on board.

They confirmed a man was arrested by Irish police over an unconnected matter and he "is a person of interest" in their investigation into the deaths.

On Monday, another man, lorry driver Maurice "Mo" Robinson, 25, of Craigavon, Northern Ireland, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, and money laundering.

He is due to appear at the Old Bailey on 25 November.

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