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Hungary jails gang for deaths of 71 migrants in lorry

Hungary jails gang for deaths of 71 migrants in lorry

Four men have received 25-year jail terms in Hungary over the deaths of 71 migrants who suffocated in a sealed lorry.

Police found the victims’ decomposing bodies in the lorry, registered in Hungary and abandoned near an Austrian village.

It came amid a migrant surge to Europe.

An Afghan identified as the gang leader got 25 years, as did three Bulgarian accomplices. Ten others, all but one from Bulgaria, got shorter jail terms.

They were all found guilty of people-smuggling.

In 2015 Central Europe faced a huge influx of migrants, many of them fleeing Syria and other conflict zones.

The accused, on trial in the city of Kecskemet, can appeal against the verdicts. Most expressed remorse, but three of the Bulgarians remain at large and were tried in absentia.