Irish Court Approves Extradition Over Vietnamese Truck Deaths

DUBLIN—An Irish court on Jan.24 approved the extradition of one of the two Northern Irish men charged with manslaughter over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in the back of a truck near London last year.

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

Judge Donald Binchy deferred ordering Harrisons handover to Britain until Feb. 4. Binchy said the lengthy judgment would not be available until early next week and granted a request from Harrisons lawyer for more time to consider it.

Vietnamese refugees bodies returne
Vietnamese refugees bodies returne
Airport personnel load a coffin into an ambulance at the Noi Bai airport on Nov. 27, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Vietnam News Agency via AP)

The discovery of the bodies in the back of a refrigerated truck that was smuggling them into Britain highlighted how poor citizens of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East pay large sums of cash to middlemen for perilous, illicit journeys to the West.

The UK authorities, citing mobile phone analysis, cell tower data, and CCTV footage, allege that Harrison delivered the trailer in which the people were found to a Belgian port before its onward journey to Britain, a lawyer for the Irish state said last month.

A truck with 39 dead bodies found in London
A truck with 39 dead bodies found in London
Police officers drive away a lorry (C) in which 39 dead bodies were discovered sparking a murder investigation at Waterglade Industrial Park in GRead More – Source