romea - logo
May 22, 2018
extended search

Hungary arrests five over refugee deaths, Austrian authorities save intercepted children

30.8.2015 23:06
The truck in which dozens of dead refugees were found on 27 August 2015 in Austria. (PHOTO:  Repro video
The truck in which dozens of dead refugees were found on 27 August 2015 in Austria. (PHOTO: Repro video

A court in the Hungarian city of Kecskemét remanded four men into custody on 28 August who are suspected of having contributed to the deaths of the 71 refugees in a refrigerator truck that was discovered in eastern Austria last week. Agence France-Presse reports that those arrested will remain in custody until 29 September at the request of Hungarian prosecutors.  

A fifth suspect was subsequently arrested in Hungary. Justice officials there believe those arrested to date are just "small fish" in a gang of human traffickers.

The bodies of what were probably Syrian refugees were found by Austrian Police last Thursday in a parked truck on the highway between Budapest and Vienna. Those suspected of participating in the tragedy who were arrested in Hungary are described as one Afghan man and three Bulgarians.

The Austrian Press Agency reports that a Bulgarian businessman with Lebanese roots is the owner of the truck and that the Afghan and one of the arrested Bulgarians were drivers. The fifth man detained has also been described as Bulgarian.

It is unclear how long the corpses were in the truck, which previously belonged to the Slovak meat production company Hyza and still bears the logo of that firm. Hungarian authorities say the truck entered Austria from Kecskemét in central Hungary.

The New York Times reported yesterday that three small children had been hospitalized with severe dehydration in northern Austria after being found in another small van with 23 other migrants by police, narrowly averting another fatal tragedy involving Middle Eastern refugees taking their chances with human traffickers. Police found the children around 4 AM Friday after chasing the vehicle near the Austrian-German border, less than 24 hours after the decomposing bodies in the other truck were found.

The paper reports that twin girls, aged five, and a six-year-old boy from Syria were in life-threatening condition and were immediately hospitalized in Braunau, where they have since improved, according to police spokesperson David Furtner. The driver, a 29-year-old Romanian, was arrested. 

agw, ČTK, mik, The New York Times, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
Views: 507x

Don't miss:

Related articles:


refugee, war, Asylum, Austria, Bulgaria, Human trafficking, Hungary


--ilustrační foto--

Pre peskere pindre: Romani leaders in Czech Republic learn how to avoid financial transactions with those who humiliate Roma

10.5.2018 8:56
A week-long education program in South Bohemia focused primarily on fundraising was attended recently by 16 leading figures from the nonprofit world, most of them Romani. The intensive, interactive development program, which featured education based in experiential learning and self-exploration and which was led by instructors from the Czech Fundraising Center, took place as part of a two-year program entitled "Pre peskere pindre" (On Your Own Feet).
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Emiliya Dancheva: Can we trust the European Parliament if its members are deaf and blind to anti-Gypsyism in Bulgaria?

9.5.2018 6:55
One year ago, the leader of the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party, Mr Boyko Borissov, became Prime Minister of Bulgaria for the third time since 2009, forming an unprecedented ruling coalition with nationalistic and xenophobic parties (VMRO, ATAKA and NFSB).
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Irena Biháriová: Comprehending the matrix of a Romani settlement in Slovakia is not easy

8.5.2018 16:27
Before I visit a Romani settlement, I always tell myself that being confronted by the poverty cannot startle me anymore. I have seen so much over the years that it will be possible for me to maintain my professional distance.
 full story


Každý diskutující musí dodržovat PRAVIDLA DISKUZE SERVERU Moderátoři serveru si vyhrazují právo bez předchozího upozornění skrýt nevhodné příspěvky z diskuse na Ty pak budou viditelné jen pro vás a vaše přátele na Facebooku. Při opakovaném porušení pravidel mohou moderátoři zablokovat zobrazování vašich příspěvků v diskusích na ostatním uživatelům.

More articles from category

romea - logo