Vietnam police charge seven over role in trafficking

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Vietnam police have charged seven people in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found in a refrigerated trailer near London last October, state media said.

The official Vietnam News Agency said the suspects were charged with organising and brokering illegal emigration.

It said an investigation showed they had helped 67 people travel illegally to European countries to work. Vietnamese police also asked the government to seek Interpol’s help in issuing a Red Notice for the arrest of one of the suspects who is living in China, the news agency reported on Thursday.

It said the investigation of the case was continuing.

The bodies of 39 people were found last October 23 in the English town of Grays, east of London.

Police said the victims were all from Vietnam and were aged between 15 and 44.

The 31 men and eight women are believed to have paid people traffickers for their transit to England. Police said they died of a combination of a lack of oxygen and overheating in an enclosed space.

Several people, including the driver of the truck, have been charged in England with manslaughter or assisting in illegal immigration.

File photo shows a forensic officer inspecting the truck found to contain a large number of dead bodies, in Grays, South England. PHOTO: AP