15 arrested over Channel tragedy

Fifteen people have been arrested in France on suspicion of being part of a people-smuggling ring that was involved in one of the deadliest incidents seen in the English Channel.

In November, 27 people died when their flimsy boat sank near Calais as they tried to make the dangerous journey across the Channel to reach the UK.

Seven months on, French police have now indicted 13 men and two women.

Some could face charges of involuntary manslaughter and people smuggling.

According to French media, the arrests were made at the start of this week in northern and eastern regions of France, as well as various locations across Paris.

Five people have already been released without charge at this stage.

One person has been placed under formal investigation and nine will face a judge at some point on Thursday to determine if they will also be placed under formal investigation.

Source: Jordan News Agency

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