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Authorities are also collecting DNA samples from families to send to UK for cross-verification
Mon 4 Nov 2019 08.57 GMT
Police in Vietnam have arrested eight people in relation to the case of 39 people found dead in a refrigerated lorry trailer in Essex about a fortnight ago, according to state media.
Local authorities have not revealed the identities of those arrested in the central province of Nghe An, but they are suspected of being part of a ring responsible for smuggling Vietnamese to Britain.
The arrests follow the Vietnamese government’s strong condemnation of human trafficking while describing the deaths – of people now all believed to be Vietnamese – as a “serious humanitarian tragedy”.
“Based on what we learn from the suspects, we will actively launch investigations to fight and eradicate these rings which bring people illegally to Britain,” said Nguyen Huu Cau, the Nghe An province police chief.
“The best thing to do now is to deal with the consequences of the incident and help family members receive the bodies.”
He reportedly added that police were treating the case as a smuggling incident, rather than a case of human trafficking.
The Vietnamese prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, ordered an investigation into human trafficking on 26 October and since then, local police have arrested a total of 10 suspects believed to be linked to the lorry deaths.
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Be willing to bet its vietnamse gang related.
The route used ahead of the tragic 39 lorry deaths in England has loyalist drug-smuggling links, according to a source.
Read More: Irishman charged with manslaughter of 39 dead migrants found in truck
A source told Belfast Live: “That route and the network involved bears the hallmarks of a loyalist heroin-smuggling route.
“But there are also links to well-known republican families who these days are very active in smuggling.”
BelfastLive adds: “Despite their historic sectarian differences, there are instances when former republican and loyalist paramilitaries-turned-gangsters co-operate and co-ordinate their criminality. Police are understood to be investigating links to two crime families with paramilitary ties north and south of the Irish border who are notorious for smuggling alcohol and tobacco.”
Read More: Man from Northern Ireland is fourth arrested in relation to UK lorry deaths
In the early hours of October 23, 39 bodies were discovered in the back of a lorry at the Waterglade Industrial Park in England. The route used saw the lorry travel from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Purfleet in England.
Irish company Global Trailer Rentals Ltd (GTR) confirmed that it owns the refrigerated trailer where the 39 bodies were discovered and that it was rented from the company’s yard in Co Monaghan. GTR said they were “shellshocked," and “gutted” by the incident but that they were “entirely unaware” that the trailer was being used in that manner. The Irish company said they are fully cooperating with Essex Police.
In a statement on Monday, Essex Police said: “Maurice Robinson, of Laurel Drive, Craigavon, [Co Armagh] Northern Ireland – appeared via video link at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, and money laundering. He has been remanded to appear at the Old Bailey on Monday 25 November.”
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The youngest was just 15 years old
Update: Friday 8 November 2019 13:29
We can release the details of the 39 people whose bodies were found in a container shipped from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Essex in the UK.
Formal identification has been established via an Identification Commission, overseen by Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Essex, Mrs Caroline Beasley-Murray.
The senior officer in overall charge of the enquiry Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said:
“This was an incredibly important process and our team has been working hard to bring answers to worried families who fear their loved one may be among those whose tragic journey ended on our shores.
“Our priority has been to identify the victims, to preserve the dignity of those who have died and to support the victims’ friends and families.
“It remained of paramount importance to us to ensure that an individual’s next of kin were informed, and that they were given some time to absorb this tragic news before we publicly confirmed their loved one’s identity.
“We have worked closely with the National Crime Agency, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Vietnamese Authorities to identify and locate their families.
Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner, Mrs Caroline Beasley-Murray said:
“May I take this opportunity to offer my deepest condolences to the victims’ families. My thoughts are with them at this unimaginably difficult time.”
We can confirm having liaised with the Vietnamese authorities that the people who died were:
Pham Thi Tra My, 26-year-old woman from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Huy Phong, 35-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Vo Nhan Du, 19-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Tran Manh Hung, 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Tran Khanh Tho, 18-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Vo Van Linh, 25-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Van Nhan, 33-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Bui Phan Thang, 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Huy Hung, 15-year-old boy from Ha Tinh
Tran Thi Tho, 21-year-old woman from Nghe An
Bui Thi Nhung, 19-year-old woman from Nghe An
Vo Ngoc Nam, 28-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26-year-old man from Nghe An
Le Van Ha, 30-year-old man from Nghe An
Tran Thi Ngoc, 19-year-old woman from Nghe An
Nguyen Van Hung, 33-year-old man from Nghe An
Hoang Van Tiep, 18-year-old man from Nghe An
Cao Tien Dung, 37-year-old man from Nghe An
Cao Huy Thanh, 37-year-old man from Nghe An
Tran Thi Mai Nhung, 18-year-old woman from Nghe An
Nguyen Minh Quang, 20-year-old man from Nghe An
Le Trong Thanh, 44-year-old man from Dien Chau
Pham Thi Ngoc Oanh, 28-year-old woman from Nghe An
Hoang Van Hoi, 24-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Tho Tuan, 25-year-old man from Nghe An
Dang Huu Tuyen, 22-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Trong Thai, 26-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Van Hiep, 24-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Thi Van, 35-year-old woman from Nghe An
Tran Hai Loc, 35-year-old man from Nghe An
Duong Minh Tuan, 27-year-old man from Quang Binh
Nguyen Ngoc Ha, 32-year-old man from Quang Binh
Nguyen Tien Dung, 33-year-old man from Quang, Binh
Phan Thi Thanh, 41-year-old woman from Hai Phong
Nguyen Ba Vu Hung, 34-year-old man from Thua Tien Hue
Dinh Dinh Thai Quyen, 18-year-old man from Hai Phong
Tran Ngoc Hieu, 17-year-old boy from Hai Duong
Dinh Dinh Binh, 15-year-old boy from Hai Phong
Consultation is underway with regard to the repatriation of those who have died, with the Vietnamese and UK governments working together to achieve this.
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