4 given jail sentences for UK truck deaths

A court in Vietnam has sentenced four Vietnamese people to several years in prison for their roles in the deaths of 39 migrants from the country, whose bodies were found in a container truck near London last October. The incident caused shockwaves, after it was reported that one of the victims, a 26-year-old woman, sent a message to her family shortly before her death. In the message, she said that she couldn't breathe.

Vietnam's state-run media say seven people between the ages of 24 and 68 were accused of "organizing and brokering illegal emigration" during the court trial. Media reports say that the court in the central province of Ha Tinh handed down prison sentences to the four defendants on Monday. The sentences ranged from two and a half years to seven and a half years.

Other defendants were given suspended sentences.

During the court proceedings, it was revealed that the defendants received 21,000 dollars to make arrangements for the woman to illegally travel abroad.

The Vietnamese government has been stepping up crackdowns, as a number of cases have been reported that involve brokers preying on people who want to work abroad.

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