Vietnam arrests 8 more in truck deaths in Britain

HANOI: Vietnamese police arrested eight more suspects in connection with the death of 39 Vietnamese who were found dead inside a refrigerated truck container in the south east of England.

Police said the eight were arrested on Sunday on charges of organizing human trafficking abroad while continuing extensive international investigation into what appears to be a human trafficking tragedy.

British police said Friday that the 39 victims were Vietnamese citizens. Initially they said that the victims discovered near the southeast port on October 23 were from China, but the families of Vietnam They have contacted the authorities there with concerns about missing relatives.

British police have accused Maurice Robinson, 25, of North Ireland , with 39 counts of homicide and conspiracy to traffic people. They say he drove the cab of the truck to Purfleet, where he picked up the container, which had arrived by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.

Another man was arrested Friday in Ireland, and two others in Vietnam.

British authorities charged with trying to identify the remains are working with officials in Vietnam to try to get information about people who have been reported missing by their families and are thought to have been in transit to England.

According to Vietnam 's state-run Thanh Nien newspaper, Vietnam has sent another delegation with officials from the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the U.K. to work with the British authorities on the case.

The government is trying to repatriate bodies of the victims as fast as possible according to Vietnam ese, British and international laws, ' Vietnam that Minister of Public Security General To Lam was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

It is believed that the victims, 31 men and eight women paid the traffickers for their clandestine transit to England. The police have not provided details about the scheme.

Over the weekend, London's Vietnam that community gathered at a vigil and a service to honor the unidentified victims.

The Rev. Simon Nguyen offered prayers for the victims and for their loved ones in Vietnam.

We show our condolences and sympathies for people who have lost their lives on the road in search of freedom, dignity and happiness, he said, and prayed for those who lost their sons and daughters in the tragedy.

A vigil on Saturday night was followed by a Sunday service in the Church of the Holy Name and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in East London.