June 21, 2017 / 7:16 AM / in 4 months

Four face murder charges in Hungary migrant death truck trial

KECSKEMET, Hungary, June 21 (Reuters) - Four men went on trial in Hungary on Wednesday charged with murdering 71 refugees found suffocated to death in the back of a lorry at the height of Europe’s migrant crisis in 2015.

The refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan - 59 men, eight women and four children - were found crammed into the small, unventilated vehicle, abandoned on the side of a motorway in Hungary’s neighbour, Austria.

The four defendants, and seven other men, are also charged with trafficking other migrants over several months.

Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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