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Prosecutor Files Charges against Bulgarian Linked to Parndorf Migrant Smugglers

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.02.05.

The Bács-Kiskun County prosecutor has filed charges against a Bulgarian national, a one-time member of the people smuggling ring connected with the deaths of 71 migrants in a sealed truck found near Parndorf, in Austria, in 2015.

The defendant was active in the gang for a brief period in 2015, and was no longer working for the gang at the time of the Parndorf disaster, local chief prosecutor László Nánási told MTI on Tuesday.

The man is charged with activities such as recruiting and managing the drivers of vehicles they went on use to smuggle migrants across borders in three instances.

Nánási noted that in the third instance, in August 2015, right before the Parndorf deaths, the gang smuggled 40 people to Germany crammed in a car and a van. “Limited movement, a lack of water, food, or fresh air, high temperatures and high humidity caused those people significant physical and spiritual suffering,” the chief prosecutor said.

An Afghan and three Bulgarian nationals were sentenced to 20-25 years imprisonment last June on charges of organising the 2015 smuggling action during which all of the people they had hidden in a sealed refrigerated van died.

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