Essex container deaths: Man arrested and charged in Italy in connection with migrant tragedy
A man has been arrested in Italy in connection with the investigation into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a lorry container in Essex.
Dragos Damian, 27, was detained near Milan by Italian authorities and the National Crime Agency on Thursday, Essex Police said.
He has been charged with conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence.
The action was taken under an international arrest warrant and Essex Police are awaiting details of the man’s court appearance.
Ten teenagers were among the victims.
Haulier Ronan Hughes, 41, from Ireland, was a ringleader who supplied lorries and drivers over 18 months and was paid £3,000 for each migrant.
He admitted manslaughter and people smuggling and was jailed for 20 years.
The lorry’s driver, Maurice Robinson, from Northern Ireland, also admitted manslaughter and people smuggling. He was jailed for 13 years and four months.
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