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UK, Hanoi confirm all 39 found dead in truck were Vietnamese

UK, Hanoi confirm all 39 found dead in truck were Vietnamese”

United Kingdom police have formally identified the 39 people found dead in a container truck in southeast England and notified their families in the apparent people-smuggling tragedy.

The authorities said Thursday they've been working with Vietnamese police and the coroner to identify the bodies that were found October 23 in the back of a truck in an industrial park in the English town of Grays.

A series of files have been handed to Essex senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray.

Meanwhile, assistant chief constable Tim Smith - who is leading the investigation - said the formal identification of the victims represents an "important step" in their inquiry.

Mrs Beasley-Murray said: "May I take this opportunity to offer my deepest condolences to the victims" families'.

But on Thursday, it was confirmed at a briefing at the Embassy of Vietnam in London the migrants had "permanent residence" in Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Thua Thien-Hue.

'Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those whose tragic journey ended on our shores'.

The bodies were found in the early hours of October 23 on a truck that had just entered Britain on a ferry from Belgium.

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The tragic case has exposed the deadly risks of migration to Europe, with Vietnamese nationals among the many who try to reach the continent illicitly on unsafe journeys.

The Essex police also worked with National Crime Agency and European law enforcement officials to identify the bodies in the lorry.

In his letter, the Vietnamese prime minister called for more global cooperation "to eliminate this especially unsafe crime. and seriously punish the criminals".

Vietnam has held 11 people in connection with the deaths for helping people travel abroad with the intention of staying overseas illegally.

The driver of the lorry, a 25-year-old man who was arrested was charged with 39 offences of manslaughter, money laundering, human trafficking and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

United Kingdom police said they had now identified them all.

They are also in the process of extraditing another suspect from Ireland and searching for others potentially involved.



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