French judges on Thursday issued preliminary charges against five French sea rescue workers as part of an investigation into the 2021 fatal sinking of a flimsy migrant ship in the English Channel, which killed 27 people.
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The five, all Military Staff were presented with a preliminary charge of failing to provide assistance to people at risk, law enforcement officials said.
The preliminary charges give the judges more time to investigate. The judges have already issued preliminary charges against 10 other people suspected of manslaughter and facilitating illegal entry migrants. Three judges take care of it Investigation.
The five military personnel have now also handed over charges, serving in a French maritime surveillance and rescue center for the english channel, law enforcement officials said. You will not be imprisoned.
The center’s responsibilities include coordinating search and rescue operations.
The sinking in November 2021 was the deadliest migratory accident on the dangerous stretch of sea that separates it France and Great Britain.
It highlighted smuggling networks targeting migrants. Also, tensions between France and Britain over how to resolve the issue increased.