Irish court allows appeal against extradition for Vietnamese truck deaths

Irish court allows appeal against extradition for Vietnamese truck deaths

The scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container in Grays, Essex
FILE PHOTO: Police are seen at the scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container in Grays, Essex, Britain, on Oct 23, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

DUBLIN: An Irish court on Wednesday (Feb 12) granted a lorry driver leave to challenge his extradition to the UK in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in the back of a truck near London last year, his lawyer said.

British authorities are seeking Eamonn Harrison, 23, on charges of human trafficking and immigration offences, as well as 39 charges of manslaughter, in a case that has shone a light on the people-smuggling trade.

The discovery of the bodies in the back of a refrigerated truck highlighted how poor citizens of Asia, Africa and the Middle East pay large sums of cash to middlemen to make perilous, illicit journeys to the West.

READ: UK police say 39 Vietnamese died from lack of oxygen, overheating

The 23-year-old is alleged to have delivered the refrigerated truck to a Belgian port before its onward journey to Britain.

The court approved Harrison's surrender to the UK authorities in January but deferred signing of the extradition order to give his defence time to consider the ruling.

Source: Reuters/de

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