Truck driver charged with 39 counts of manslaughter

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Man from Northern Ireland also charged with conspiracy to traffic people.

A truck driver has been charged with the manslaughter of 39 people found dead inside a refrigerated trailer, police said Saturday.

Essex Police said Maurice Robinson, aged 25, of Craigavon in Northern Ireland, will appear in court on Monday charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.

Three other people have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Earlier Saturday, police said they would not speculate on the nationality of the 39 people found dead in the truck on Wednesday, although they had met the Vietnamese ambassador to the U.K. Police had initially said they believed the victims were Chinese.

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