Hungary charges 11 in death of 71 migrants found in lorry

Four people were charged with murder and the rest with human trafficking in connection with the death of 71 migrants in August 2015.

FILE: An abandoned refrigerated lorry filled with corpses of migrants was found by an Austrian motorway patrol near the Hungarian border on 27 August 2015. Picture: AFP.

BUDAPEST- Hungarian prosecutors on Thursday charged 11 people, four of them with murder and all with human trafficking, in connection with the death of 71 migrants found in a lorry by an Austrian motorway in August 2015.

A statement from the prosecution office of Bács-Kiskun county, from where the lorry set out on its fatal journey, said it had asked for life sentences for four men and fixed-term prison sentences and expulsion for the rest of the accused.

Four men participated in the transport of the 71 migrants directly with the rest involved in sustaining a network that made hundreds of thousands of euros from human smuggling, the statement said, as thousands of refugees and migrants crossed the Balkans that year.