Germany issues arrest warrant for driver of lorry carrying migrants

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Leipzig, Germany – An arrest warrant has been issued Germany for driver of a lorry after 31 migrants were found the back of the vehicle during a check at the Czech-German border, the prosecutors said on Thursday.

A spokesman for public prosecutor’s in Dresden confirmed that the 57-year-old was facing arrest but did not give further details of the incident, noting that investigations were ongoing.

refrigerated lorry had been bound for Germany when it was stopped on Tuesday evening.

Police and customs officers found 31 men aged between 18 and 47 in container, lying on melon crates with little space between them and the ceiling.

German federal police believe men came from Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq.

People smugglers have frequently hidden migrants in heavy goods vehicles to transport them across Europe, sometimes with fatal consequences.

In Austria in 2015, 71 bodies were found in back of a sealed lorry that had come from Hungary.

In 2019, 39 Vietnamese were discovered dead in a refrigerated lorry in Britain after having been smuggled into country from Belgium.