Flowers left in tribute to the 39 migrants who died in the truck. — PA/VNA Photo
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese authorities are working to accelerate the identification of victims thought to have been involved in the lorry incident in Essex, the UK, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyễn Quốc Cường.
Maurice ‘Mo’ Robinson, who has been charged with manslaughter and people trafficking, appeared in court on Monday. "The nationality of the victims hasn't been officially confirmed yet," Cường said during a conference in the city of Vinh.
Việt Nam and Britain "are trying to speed up identification of the bodies, but no deadline has been set.”
British police have appealed to the Vietnamese community to help identify the 39 victims who were recently found in a truck. In a video released yesterday, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Passmore urged people to pass on any information they have to help them establish the identities of the deceased.
"Meet with my officers who I promise you will help you, we will do everything we can to reunite you with your lost family member. That's all we want to do,” Passmore said.
"We want to treat you with dignity and with respect and do everything we can to help you."
"I promise you, you will not be arrested and we will not be sharing your information with anybody else. So please come forward and let us help you."
People can contact the Vietnamese Embassy on +44 7713 181501 or Việt Nam’s citizen protection hotline on +84981 8484 84. — VNS