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Hungary detains suspects in migrant truck deaths

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 01:16

Four men are detained in Hungary on suspicion of transporting 71 refugees who were found dead in a truck along a motorway in neighboring Austria. Nathan Frandino reports.

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STORY: Prosecutors in Hungary say four suspects now face human trafficking charges for allegedly transporting 71 refugees who were found dead Thursday inside a truck on an Austrian highway. The three Bulgarians and one Afghan citizen were taken here to Kecskemet, where the truck reportedly began its journey. A senior court official says the suspects won't be charged with manslaughter in Hungary because they'll face that charge separately in Austria. The courts, he says, are feeling the pressure from the rising number of migrants trafficked into Europe via Hungary. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) PRESIDENT OF BACS-KISKUN COUNTY COURT, FERENC BICSKEI, SAYING: "Unfortunately, this has been the first time that resulted in deaths. Because of this, we aggravated the verdicts in cases like this. In the latest cases similar to this, we gave lengthy prison sentences." The grim discovery has caused an international outcry and highlighted the dangers facing hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. Similar incidents involving migrants found in trucks have since been reported, adding new urgency for a common European plan to prevent more tragedies.

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Hungary detains suspects in migrant truck deaths

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 01:16