Authorities Detain Fourth Bulgarian over Dead Migrants Found in Truck in Austria

EU | August 30, 2015, Sunday // 14:01|  views

Hungarian police detained a fourth Bulgarian suspected in the trafficking of the 71 migrants, who were found dead in an abandoned truck on an Austrian motorway near the border with Hungary on Thursday.

This is the fifth arrest carried out by Hungarian authorities after three Bulgarians and an Afghan citizen had been arrested earlier on Friday.

Authorities believe that the detained men are low-level members of a human trafficking gang and they hope that the arrests will help them in uncovering the leaders of the group.

In a court hearing on Saturday, the four men insisted that they were innocent.

It is expected that the four Bulgarians and the Afghan will be detained for a month until they are officially charged with human trafficking and inhumane treatment.

Austria could request the extradition of the five men.

The most likely cause of death of the 59 men, eight women and four children, was suffocation.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov revealed that the State Agency for National Security (DANS) assisted the Hungarian authorities in the arrest of the suspected human traffickers.

Meanwhile, Germany, France and the UK called on Sunday for an urgent meeting of EU interior and justice ministers to discuss “concrete steps” towards addressing the influx of refugees into Europe.

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Tags: Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, trafficking, smuggling, lorry, migrants, refugees, DANS


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