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Tracked down Man wanted in connection with Essex lorry tragedy to be extradited from the UK

Ngo Sy Tai is suspected of having been involved in transporting at least ten of the 39 people found dead in Essex in October 2019

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Ngo Sy Tai was arrested by the National Crime Agency over his alleged involvement in the smuggling of migrants

Ngo Sy Tai was arrested by the National Crime Agency over his alleged involvement in the smuggling of migrants

Ngo Sy Tai was arrested by the National Crime Agency over his alleged involvement in the smuggling of migrants

A man wanted by Belgian prosecutors for his alleged involvement in the smuggling of migrants found dead in a lorry in Essex is to be extradited from the UK. 

The man, known as Ngo Sy Tai, was arrested by the National Crime Agency officers on the evening of Tuesday, December 15 on a European Arrest Warrant.

He was tracked down to an address in the Redditch area of Worcestershire, where he was apprehended.

He is suspected of having been involved in transporting at least ten of the 39 people found dead in Essex in October 2019.

Investigators believe he was involved in moving them from a safe house in Anderlecht in taxis to a location near the French/Belgian border before they were put onto the lorry.

It is alleged that after he heard the migrants had died, Tai fled Belgium and initially went to Germany before moving to the UK.

On Thursday, Westminster Magistrates Court approved his extradition to Belgium to face trial. He has seven days to appeal.

The NCA’s Head of Organised Immigration Crime Operations, Miles Bonfield, said: “We are working closely with partners in the UK, Europe and beyond to disrupt and dismantle organise criminal networks involved in people smuggling.

“The arrest of Tai demonstrates that in action, and demonstrates our continued determination to get justice for the families of those who so tragically died in October 2019.

“People smuggling is a horrendous trade where those involved treat migrants as a commodity to be profited from and do not care about their safety or wellbeing.

There can be no greater example of that than this case.”

The NCA said the extradition follows the convictions of seven people in the UK for their roles in the events which led to the Essex deaths, including four men who were found guilty of manslaughter.

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The seven were given jail terms totalling more than 92 years in January 2021.

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