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French, Belgian police arrest 26 people involved in deaths of 39 Vietnamese in UK

The French prosecutor's office said on May 27 that 26 people had been arrested in France and Belgium in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese citizens found in the back of a refrigerated lorry in Essex, near the UK’s London capital last October.

Meanwhile, Belgian prosecutors confirmed the police had arrested 13 people as part of an investigation into the case.

According to documents of the prosecutor’s office, Eamonn Harrison, a driver from North Ireland, drove the container truck, which carried the victims, to the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium, where it was put on a ferry to the UK and picked up at the other end by Maurice Robinson on the early morning of October 23.

Apart from the two suspects, Gheorghe Nica of Basildon in eastern England was detained at Germany’s Frankfurt airport on January 29.

Another man, 22, was arrested in Northern Ireland on February 2 on suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating unlawful immigration.

On February 11, UK police revealed that the victims died from a combination of a lack of oxygen and overheating in an enclosed space, adding that further investigation is underway./.