The British police have arrested two more suspects for the death of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a truck, police report Tuesday. The victims had already died when they were found by the emergency services in Grays, near the port of Purfleet, last fall.
A 22-year-old man was arrested on Monday in Northern Ireland on suspicion of manslaughter and his assisting role in facilitating illegal immigration. At the end of January a 43-year-old suspect was arrested in Germany. He is suspected of 39 cases of manslaughter.
Around twenty arrests have since been made in the human smuggling case, including in Vietnam. Several people are suspected of manslaughter and human trafficking. Among them is the driver of the truck.
The 25-year-old driver says he is guilty of assisting with illegal immigration and appropriating criminal property, but not 39 cases of manslaughter.
The victims, including two fifteen-year-old boys, had been in the refrigerated trailer of the truck for at least ten hours before being discovered. The car arrived from England by boat from Zeebrugge in Belgium.
According to preliminary research results, the Vietnamese died of a combination of lack of oxygen and overheating in an enclosed space. This cause of death is still official.