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Four Syrians formally charged in Turkey over boat deaths - police chief
September 4, 2015 / 5:02 PM / 2 years ago

Four Syrians formally charged in Turkey over boat deaths - police chief

BODRUM, Turkey (Reuters) - A Turkish court remanded in custody four Syrians on Friday after a prosecutor charged them over the deaths of at least 12 people, including a 3-year-old boy, whose boat capsized as they tried to reach the Greek island of Kos, a local police chief told Reuters.

Hasan Ali Saleh, 25, a suspected Syrian smuggler, talks to his mother Zahra Saleh (L) as he is escorted by a plainclothes Turkish police officer upon his arrival to the courthouse in Bodrum,, Turkey, September 4, 2015. Four suspected Syrian human traffickers detained in connection with the deaths of 3-year old Aylan Kurdi and his family appeared in handcuffs at a courthouse in Bodrum on Friday. Kurdi, washed up on a beach near the Turkish resort of Bodrum sparked a global outpouring of sympathy, and shocked European governments into renewed focus on tackling the migrant crisis. The United Nations refugee agency estimates more than 300,000 people have already used dangerous sea-routes this year to reach Europe this year alone, with around 2,500 losing their lives. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Prosecutors charged the Syrians with smuggling migrants and causing multiple deaths by “conscious negligence” in connection with the drowning of the group after it set off from the Turkish resort peninsula of Bodrum.

The picture of the drowned boy washed up on the beach in Turkey swept across social media and sparked outrage at the perceived inaction by developed countries to address the migrant crisis.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan

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