LONDON: One particular of the 39 individuals identified dead in the back of a truck close to London could have initially come from Vietnam, a Vietnamese human rights activist has mentioned.
In a text message addressed to her mother, Pham Thi Tra My, 26, mentioned that she could not breathe at about the time the truck container was en route from Belgium to Britain, mentioned Hoa Nghiem from Human Rights Space, a civic network primarily based in Vietnam.
“It was told on the news that all 39 individuals have been Chinese but Tra My’s loved ones is attempting to confirm if their daughter was amongst them as the final dying text from her was coincidentally intime [sic],” Nghiem wrote on Twitter.
“Our make contact with is finding additional alerts that there could be additional Vietnamese individuals in the truck.”
VietHome, an organisation for the Vietnamese neighborhood, mentioned it had received news from 10 households that their loved ones have been missing. Hanoi’s London embassy was coordinating with British police, the official Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
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Nghiem published a screenshot of Tra My’s text message, which indicated it was sent at four.28am on Wednesday Vietnam time (2128 GMT Tuesday).
“I am sorry Mom. My path to abroad does not succeed. Mom, I adore you so significantly! I am dying bcoz I cannot breath … I am from Nghen, Can Loc, Ha Tinh, Vietnam … I am sorry, Mom,” the message mentioned, according to Nghiem.
The bodies have been identified in the truck container at an industrial estate close to London at 1.40am (0040 GMT) British time.
The container had arrived in Britain about an hour-and-a-half earlier, from Zeebrugge in Belgium.
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British police have mentioned the 39 victims have been all believed to be Chinese nationals.
China, having said that, has mentioned they have not received confirmation on the victims’ nationalities.
“Pham Thi Tra My went to China and planned to go to England through France, a make contact with with her loved ones told me,” Nghiem mentioned.
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On Friday, British police mentioned they had arrested two additional individuals in connection with the case.
A man and a lady, each aged 38 and from Warrington in northwest England, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffick individuals and 39 counts of manslaughter, they mentioned.
A 25-year-old lorry driver remains in custody on suspicion of murder, they added. He was arrested on Wednesday, and a warrant of additional detention was granted on Thursday.
Late on Thursday, British authorities moved 11 of the victims to a hospital mortuary from a safe place at docks close to to the industrial estate in Grays about 30km east of London exactly where the bodies have been identified.
Postmortem examinations have been starting to ascertain how specifically they died although forensic professionals sought to determine the deceased, which police warned would be a lengthy course of action.
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