Essex police lobbied brothers Hughes surrendered to provide information for the investigation of the death of 39 people in the container.
"Today I want to call Ronan Hughes and Christopher Hughes directly to the Northern Ireland police. We need both of you to come and support this investigation," said Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten of the Essex County Police Department, east of London, said during a news conference on November 1 in Northern Ireland.
According to Mr. Stoten, although the police had talked on the phone with Ronan, 40, they could not track him. "The communication with Ronan and Christopher is very important to our investigation and the sooner this is done, the faster we can progress in the investigation," he added.
Two suspects Christopher Hughes (left) and Ronan Hughes. Image: Essex Police.
Essex County Police on October 29 issued a warrant for wanted Ronan Hughes, 40, and his brother Christopher, 34, in the town of Armagh, Northern Ireland on charges of manslaughter and human trafficking. Ronan Hughes is said to have called the police on the morning of October 23 to investigate, after the body of 39 people was discovered in a container in Essex County.
The Hughes brothers are still fleeing. A truck involving these two people was confiscated on October 31. These two are believed to be in Northern Ireland but also have business relationships in Ireland.
Thirty-three bodies, including 31 men and eight women, were discovered in a refrigerated container truck driven by driver Maurice Robinson in the Waterglade industrial park, Essex County, on the morning of October 23. Robison has been indicted on charges of human trafficking and murder.
Robinson has been accused of joining a global network of illegal immigrants to Britain since December 2018, but it is unclear whether the 39 cases of containers on the container were connected to the line.
Essex County Police said on November 1 that they believed the victims were Vietnamese citizens, but have not yet been identified. The police are in direct contact with the families of some victims in Vietnam and are calling on anyone with information who can assist in the victim identification process to contact them.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement this morning that Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security and British police agencies are working together to verify the identities of victims suspected to be Vietnamese nationals. Nam and soon announced the information.
The Vietnamese Embassy in the UK also transferred the results of the identification of victims from the British police to Vietnamese authorities for cross-checking. Vietnam hopes that the British side will finish investigating the incident soon, severely punishing those responsible for this tragedy.
Huyen Le (Follow Independent)
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