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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