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Essex container dies: man arrested and charged in Italy over migrant tragedy | UK News

A man has been arrested in Italy in connection with the investigation into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a container truck in Essex.

Dragos Damian, 27, was arrested near Milan on Thursday by Italian authorities and the National Crime Agency, Essex police said.

He was charged with conspiracy to aid illegal immigration and abetting or assisting in the commission of an offense.

The action was taken under an international arrest warrant and Essex Police are awaiting details of the man’s appearance in court.

The discovery of the bodies at Grays on October 23, 2019 was the discovery of the United Kingdom worst migrant tragedy in nearly two decades.

the victims died when they ran out of air in temperatures of up to 38.5 ° C (101 ° F) while the trailer was being shipped from Belgium to the Purfleet docks.

Ten teenagers were among the victims.

Learn more about the truck fatalities in Essex

The main members of the smuggling gang involved were sentenced to long prison terms earlier this year

Transporter Ronan Hughes, 41, from Ireland, was a leader who provided trucks and drivers for 18 months and was paid £ 3,000 for each migrant.

He admitted manslaughter and human trafficking and was jailed for 20 years.

Truck driver Maurice Robinson, from Northern Ireland, also admitted manslaughter and human smuggling. He was jailed for 13 years and four months.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-10 17:11:00

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