LONDON – Two men found dead in the back of a refrigerated truck near London last year were convicted of killing 39 men, women and children from Vietnam.
The deaths shook Britain and Vietnam and threw a light on the illicit global trade sending the poor of Asia, Africa and the Middle East on a dangerous journey to the West.
A 24-year-old truck driver from Northern Ireland, Emano Harrison, was convicted in 39 counts of murder for aiding illegal immigration.
Gorghe Neeka, 43, of Essex, South East England, was convicted of the same charges. Two others had already pleaded guilty to being involved in the deaths.
Most of those who died were between 44 and 15 years of age, from the provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh in north-central Vietnam, where job prospects, environmental disasters, and the promise of a financial reward in return for fuel abroad.