Italian police said they had arrested a man behind the truck that Britain wanted in connection with a smuggling program for those who led to the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants.
According to a police statement, 28-year-old Romanian citizen Stephen Damian Dragos has been accused of providing a truck to transport migrants to the United Kingdom.
Dragos, who was detained by Milan police on a British arrest warrant, added that he “belongs to a criminal organization specializing in illegal immigrants.”
He was charged with “a plot to support illegal immigrants and encourage or support the crimes,” according to a statement from the Essex Police in southeastern England.
Thirty-nine Vietnamese immigrants (the youngest two 15-year-old boys) were suffocated in a container while being taken to where they wanted a new life in the UK.
Their bodies were found in a sealed unit in a harbor near London in October 2019.
The incident shed a shocking new light on the length of migrants going to reach Britain, and the gangs taking advantage of their despair.
Smuggling gang masterminds Ronan Hughes and Gheorghe Nica were convicted of manslaughter earlier this year in a court in London and sentenced to 20 and 27 years in prison, respectively.
Truck drivers Maurice Robinson and Eamon Harrison were also sentenced to 13 and 18 years, respectively.
A man detained in Italy over the death of a British Vietnamese immigrant
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