Two Northern Irishmen to Be Extradited Over Vietnamese Truck Deaths

Dublin–Two Northern Irishmen are set to be extradited to Britain to face manslaughter charges over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in the back of a truck near London last year, Irelands courts heard on Friday.

Irelands High Court approved the handover to Britain of Ronan Hughes, 40, on charges of manslaughter and immigration offenses.

A separate court dismissed an appeal against extradition by Eamonn Harrison, 23, who also faces human trafficking charges.

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 to middlemen to make perilous, illicit journeys to the West.

Northern Irish truck driver Maurice Robinson pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter related to the deaths in March.

The victims, 31 men and boys and eight women whose ages ranged from 15 to 44, were discovered in October in a container at the back of a truck driven by Robinson to an industrial estate in Grays in Essex, about 30 km east of London.

Irelands High Court heard that UK authorities allege that Hughes organized the drivers and travel. They also alleged in a separate case last yearRead More – Source