DUBLIN: An Irish court on Friday (Jun 12) approved the extradition to Britain of the man who helped organise a human trafficking operation that left 39 Vietnamese migrants dead in a lorry.
Thirty-one men and eight women were found dead in the truck in an industrial zone east of London in October 2019, a tragedy which made headlines around the world.
"This court will make an order … for the surrender of the respondent (Ronan Hughes) to the UK," said judge Paul Burns at Dublin's criminal court.
Hughes, 40, had been detained on a European arrest warrant on 39 counts of manslaughter and one count of conspiracy to commit unlawful immigration.
The court previously heard Hughes had "organised and controlled the drivers".
The container arrived in England on a ferry from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge and British authorities have charged numerous truck drivers in a giant investigation.
Hughes wore a hooded jumper and a face mask in court and remained silent as the judge delivered his decision from behind a perspex barrier.
His legal team had objected to the extradition, claiming there were ambiguities over the territory where the alleged offences occurred and Britain's claim to jurisdiction.