HÀ NỘI — All 39 people found dead in the back of a lorry in the UK have been confirmed as Vietnamese.
In a statement released Thursday evening, the Ministry of Public Security of Việt Nam said UK authorities had confirmed the 39 migrants found in the refrigerated container on October 23 on an industrial estate in Grays, Essex in the south of England were from Việt Nam.
In a statement, the ministry said:
“After a period of active coordination, examination and comparison of personal identities, at 20:00 on November 7, 2019, the Ministry of Public Security of Việt Nam and the UK law enforcement agency determined 39 victims killed in containers, discovered in Essex, Northeast London, United Kingdom on October 23, 2019 are all Vietnamese.
“The 39 citizens have permanent residence in Hải Phòng, Hải Dương, Nghệ An, Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Thừa Thiên – Huế.
“The Ministry of Public Security of Việt Nam is very sorry and would like to extend its deepest condolences to the victims’ families and hope that the victims’ families will soon overcome this great pain and loss.
“Currently, the Vietnamese authorities are urgently working with UK authorities to protect citizens; at the same time, coordinate with UK Police to urgently investigate and clarify the case.”
Essex Police said they have been working with Vietnamese police officers to present cases to Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Essex to verify the identities of the 39 people.
A series of files have been brought before an Identification Commission, and HM Senior Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray has now formally identified all of the victims, and the families of the victims have been notified.
“May I take this opportunity to offer my deepest condolences to the victims’ families,” Beasley-Murray said.
The officer in charge of the enquiry, Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said: “This is an important step in the investigation and enables us to work with our Vietnamese Police colleagues to support the families of those victims.
“It is only right that we provide an opportunity for family members to take in the news confirming the death of their loved ones before releasing any further information.
“Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those whose tragic journey ended on our shores.”
The ministry sent deep condolences to the bereaved families and hoped that they would soon overcome the huge losses.
Vietnamese agencies are working with their UK partners to carry out citizen protection measures and make further investigations into the case, the ministry said.
Authorities in central Nghệ An and Hà Tĩnh provinces have arrested 11 people for illegal organisation of migration. — VNS
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