UK lorry deaths ringleader to be extradited from Ireland

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.

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"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.

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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.

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