Wednesday 28 September 2016

Syrian refugee arrested in Germany over migrant drowning deaths

Published 23/12/2015 | 11:16

The Syrian migrants were put on a small boat to Greece despite bad weather and it sank
The Syrian migrants were put on a small boat to Greece despite bad weather and it sank

Police in Germany have arrested a suspected people trafficker over the drowning of five migrants off the coast of Turkey in April.

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Police spokesman Jens Schobranski said the 37-year-old Syrian man was arrested in Strausberg, near Berlin, on Tuesday.

Mr Schobranski said a relative of one of those who drowned tracked down the unidentified suspect and tipped off German police.

The suspect, who came to Germany as a refugee in August, had allegedly taken £1,600 from fellow Syrian migrants and put them on a small boat to Greece despite bad weather. It capsized and sank.

Mr Schobranski said police are hoping others harmed by the man's actions might come forward. He faces a minimum of three years' imprisonment if convicted of trafficking resulting in death.

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