Court con­victs 3 Syr­i­ans over fa­tal boat trip

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A court in south­ern Ger­many yes­ter­day con­victed three Syr­ian men aged 24, 27 and 34 over the drowning of 13 mi­grants off the Aegean is­land of Leros in Septem­ber 2015, when the Euro­pean refugee cri­sis was at its peak.

The court in Traun­stein handed a fouryear prison sen­tence to the 27-year-old, a two-and-a-half-year term to the 24-yearold and a sus­pended two-year sen­tence to the 34-year-old. The court found the three men guilty of “pro­fes­sional smug­gling of peo­ple re­sult­ing in death.”

In that cross­ing from Turkey nearly two years ago, the smug­gling boat struck a freighter, re­sult­ing in the deaths of 13 of the 46 peo­ple that had been aboard. All three de­fen­dants had come to Ger­many as refugees on the same jour­ney.

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