Men jailed af­ter 71 mi­grants die in truck

The Scotsman - - World News - By MAR­GARET NEIGH­BOUR

Four hu­man traf­fick­ers have been sen­tenced to 25 years in prison each af­ter 71 mi­grants suf­fo­cated to death in the back of a re­frig­er­ated truck found on a high­way in Aus­tria.

The main de­fen­dant, an Afghan man, and three Bul­gar­ian ac­com­plices, were found guilty at a court in Hun­gary of be­ing part of a crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion and com­mit­ting mul­ti­ple crimes, in­clud­ing hu­man smug­gling and mur­der.

Ten other de­fen­dants, mostly Bul­gar­i­ans, were given prison terms rang­ing be­tween three and 12 years.

The hor­rific case saw 59 men, eight women and four chil­dren from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan suf­fo­cated in the back of a re­frig­er­ated truck with Hungarian li­cence plates. The truck was found aban­doned in the emer­gency lane of the A4 high­way near Parn­dorf, Aus­tria, near the Hungarian bor­der in 2015. Around 400,000 mi­grants and refugees passed through Hun­gary in 2015 on their way to Ger­many and other des­ti­na­tions in Western Europe.

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