A man was arrested in Britain on Tuesday (November 28) as part of the investigation into the deaths of 27 migrants who were shipwrecked while crossing the English Channel on a rubber dinghy in November 2021, the agency said. of UK Crime, NCA.
At the age of 32, Harem Ahmed Abwbaker was arrested in South West England and “is suspected of being a member of an organized crime group that conspired to transport the migrants to Britain on a small boat”the NCA reported in a statement.
“ The person detained today is believed to have played a key role in the killing of those who died.” NCA Deputy Director Craig Turner added after the arrest, saying the British agency is working on the case. “In close cooperation with [ses] French partners ».
The man remains in custody pending an appearance on Wednesday. at Westminster Magistrates’ Court where extradition proceedings will begin.”, adds the British agency. On the French side, ten alleged members of the network of smugglers behind the sinking were indicted this summer.
An overwhelming study
In a study published on November 13, based on the elements of the ongoing judicial investigation, The world revealed that the passengers of this makeshift boat, which sank on the night of 23-24 November 2021 off Calais, had unsuccessfully called the French authorities fifteen times to ask for their help. French rescuers were waiting for them to pass through English waters and no rescue supplies were sent to them.
Twenty-seven migrants aged between seven and 46 – sixteen Kurds from Iraq, one Kurd from Iran, four Afghans, three Ethiopians, one Somali, one Egyptian and one Vietnamese – died in the shipwreck as they tried to reach Britain. Only two passengers, an Iraqi Kurd and a Sudanese, had been rescued.
The issue of migrant passages in the Channel has been the subject of major tensions between Paris and London in recent years. The two countries signed an agreement in mid-November, which in particular allows for an envelope of 72.2 million euros that the British must pay in 2022-2023 to France to increase the number of police and gendarmes on the French from 800 to 900. beaches from which the migrants depart.
More than 40,000 migrants have arrived in Britain after crossing the English Channel in small boats this year, a record.