UK police charge another man over Vietnamese truck deaths

by Reuters
Monday, 16 March 2020 09:13 GMT

Relatives of Anna Bui Thi Nhung, one of the 39 Vietnamese people found dead in a truck near London last month, cry next to her coffin during the funeral ceremony at their home in Nghe An province, Vietnam November 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kham

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The 39 victims, who included two 15-year-olds, were discovered in a truck container on an industrial estate east of London

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) - British police said on Monday they had charged another man as part of their investigation into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found dead in the back of a truck near London last year.

Valentin Calota, 37, will appear at Basildon Magistrates' Court near London on Monday charged with facilitating illegal immigration between May 2018 and Oct 2019.

The victims, who included two 15-year-old boys, were discovered in October in the truck container on an industrial estate in Grays in Essex, about 20 miles (32 km) east of London.

Autopsies concluded that the provisional cause of death was a combination of hypoxia - oxygen deprivation - and hyperthermia - overheating - in an enclosed space.

(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; editing by Michael Holdenm)

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