By Sarah Keane • 30 October 2020 • 13:46
POLICE arrest suspected driver of migrant boat which capsized in the Channel, killing a family of four.
An unidentified 37-year-old Iranian man appeared in court on Friday, October 30 accused of captioning the migrant boat which capsized in the Channel on Tuesday. Rasoul Iran-Nejad, 35, Shiva Mohammad Panahi, 35, Anita, nine, and Armin, six, perished off the coast of Dunkirk while 15-month-old Artin is still missing.
The suspected driver appeared in a closed court session on Friday at a court in Dunkirk before an examining magistrate charged with aiding illegal immigration, manslaughter, endangering human life and association with a criminal gang.
The suspect told the court he was simply another migrant trying to cross the rough sea, but survivors of the tragedy describe the man as the driver of the vessel as part of a people smuggling operation.
Sebastien Piève, the Dunkirk prosecutor, told MailOnline:
“The man described himself as a simple migrant attempting to reach the UK but investigators believe that he was involved in this senseless transport of migrants.
“The migrants rescued and questioned also describe him as “being close” to the smugglers who organised the trip.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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