Vietnamese authorities arrested another six people last week for possible involvement in the deaths of 39 stowaways found in a refrigerated trailer in Essex, Reuters news agency reported Monday.
Two Vietnamese were arrested earlier. Two Northern Irish men, including the 25-year-old driver, are also on trial for manslaughter, human trafficking and money laundering.
The British police are still looking for two Northern Irish brothers who would be crucial for the investigation. According to the British public prosecutor, a "global gang of human smugglers" is involved in the crime.
This weekend the British police reported that they assume that all victims are of Vietnamese nationality after having contact with likely relatives of the deceased in the country. Results of the autopsy have yet to confirm that suspicion.
The bodies of 31 men and eight women were found in the cooled trailer of the truck. The trailer was transported from Zeebrugge, Belgium, by ferry to an English port. Exactly why the victims died and when is still unknown.
Vietnamese police take DNA from possible relatives
The Vietnamese police took DNA samples from the possible relatives of victims last Sunday. First it was said that the victims would have the Chinese nationality, but from Vietnam there were reports from parents who missed their children.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered local authorities on Saturday to investigate possible Vietnamese victims.
Also last Saturday a memorial service was held in Vietnam for one of the possible victims. However, the identification of the bodies in the truck is not yet fully completed.
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