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Channel rescue team accused of murder in migrant deaths | Nation World News

PARIS (AP) – The Paris prosecutor’s office said it has received a murder charge for failure to aid in the tragic capsizing of a boat in the English Channel last month that killed at least 27 people trying to reach Britain. Life is gone.

The murder trial, filed on Friday by the French humanitarian organization Utopia 56, accuses the maritime prefecture of the Channel and North Sea, Gris-nez’s regional operations center for surveillance and rescue in Pas-de-Calais, and the British Coast Guard. Not taking enough steps to prevent deaths.

Utopia 56 stated that “an investigation has to be conducted to determine the responsibilities of the French and British rescue services in this tragedy,” adding that the people were left “despite calls to the English and French rescue services”.

Utopia 56 spokesman Nikolai Posner told The Associated Press on Monday that the purpose of the trial is to “remind our governments that it is necessary to question policies at our borders, which take human lives every day.”

Only two survivors of the disaster told Kurdish media that migrants aboard the boat made distress calls that were ignored as their canoe broke down and their engine broke. He claims that the British said the boat was in French waters, and the French were the opposite. These accounts were confirmed by the victim’s family members, who were in telephone contact during the crossing attempt.

The Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and North Sea was not immediately available for comment on Monday.

In London, proceedings have also been formally launched by the families of victims of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Earlier this month, 26 victims were formally identified, including seven women, a teenager and a 7-year-old girl. The identity of one migrant remains unknown. Investigators confirmed the identities of 16 Iraqi Kurds, including four women, a 16-year-old teenager and a 7-year-old girl. The victims included an Iranian Kurd, three Ethiopians, including two women, a Somali woman, four Afghan men and an Egyptian man, the statement said. The adults ranged in age from 19 to 46.

His boat capsized off the coast of northern France on 24 November, in what the country’s interior minister called the biggest migration tragedy ever for Britain at the dangerous crossing.

There is an ever-increasing number of people fleeing conflict or poverty, risking the perilous journey out of France in the hope of finding asylum or better opportunities in Britain. The crossing has tripled this year compared to 2020.

The tragedy sparked a new political crisis between Britain and France, who accused each other of not doing enough to stop people from crossing the Channel. European immigration officials agreed to send an aircraft to monitor the English Channel shores for smuggling activity.


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