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24th July, 2019

Migrants nearly suffocated in van

The Sopron sub-county court yesterday ordered the custodial detention of a Romanian man who transported 16 illegal immigrants in his goods delivery ban on Sunday.

The man apparently picked up 15 Afghans and one Iranian in the east Hungarian plain on Sunday and drove towards the Austrian border without stopping.

The migrants, suffering in the hot weather, could obtain air only through the door cracks and kept banging on the door to urge the driver to stop.

They eventually prised open the rubber seals on the door before police stopped the van near Sopron.

Authorities in Luxembourg had earlier issued a warrant for the driver’s arrest.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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