In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019, police officers are at the scene where a lorry, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London. A man suspected of being the organiser of the Vietnamese migrant smuggling network that smuggled into England a refrigerated lorry in which 39 people were found dead in October 2019 was arrested on May 27, 2020, in Germany. Twenty-six arrests also took place on May 26 in France and Belgium as part of the investigation. - AFP
HANOI/PARIS: French authorities on Sunday (May 31) have taken 12 suspects into pretrial detention who are believed to be responsible for the deaths of 39 migrants in a lorry in Britain last year.
One more person is under surveillance, judicial sources confirmed to dpa on Saturday.
The suspects are accused of human trafficking and in some cases negligent homicide.
Investigators had detained the 13 suspects in France earlier this week, while others were arrested in Belgium.
They are believed to belong to a criminal organisation that illegally housed and transported migrants from South-East Asia.
Details of those arrested, such as their nationality, were not disclosed.
In late October, 39 bodies had been discovered in a refrigerated truck in a town in Essex near London.
The 31 Vietnamese men and eight women were likely smuggled into the country in this way. A ship had previously taken the container from Belgium to Britain. - dpa
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