Trial to begin of suspects in UK migrant truck tragedy


London – Four men are due to go on trial in Britain on Monday in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found in a lorry in southeast England.

The grim discovery of 31 men and eight women inside the container truck on an industrial estate east of London last year threw fresh light on the [light of migrants desperate to reach Britain.

A post-mortem examination found the victims – 10 of them teenagers, including two 15-year-old boys – died from lack of oxygen and overheating in the refrigerated lorry.

Seven people were arrested in Vietnam last month for their role in the tragedy.

The four men on trial at the Old Bailey court in central London from Monday face a range pf charges, including manslaughter to conspiracy to commit unlawful immigration.

They do not include 25-year-old Maurice Robinson of Northern Ireland, who was the driver of the lorry.

Robinson drover the truck onto a ferry from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge in the early hours of October 23, 2019. He admitted to 39 counts of manslaughter and one of conspiracy to commit unlawful immigration at an April hearing.

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