By Euronews • Updated: 20/12/2021 - 14:41
Zana Mamand, shows a photograph of his missing brother, Twana Mamand, who was mislaid astatine oversea successful the English Channel trying to get to the UK, successful Ranya, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. - Copyright Khalid Mohammed/AP
An NGO has filed a suit against French and British authorities implicit their nonaccomplishment to rescue 27 migrants who died successful the English Channel past month.
"Utopia 56 files a ailment to the authoritative of the Paris Judicial Court for manslaughter and nonaccomplishment to supply assistance," the NGO said successful a connection connected Monday.
The suit targets a French Prefect, French rescue services CROSS Gris Nez, the UK Director of Her Majesty’s Coastguards arsenic good arsenic "any different perpetrator, co-perpetrator oregon accomplice that the probe would travel to determine".
The NGO, citing testimonies of survivors and their relatives, says "distress calls were reported to the French and English rescue services earlier the bodies were discovered by a sportfishing boat. No assistance has reportedly been fixed to them immediately."
It besides cites a "judicial source" saying the "ongoing probe has already confirmed the beingness of these calls".
Utopia 56 says it was contacted by radical onboard the vessel earlier the tragedy. One of the voicemails said: “For example, if I telephone 999 they accidental telephone France and erstwhile we telephone France they archer america to interaction the UK. Both couldn't attraction less."
"While UK authorities bash not look to person opened an probe pursuing this shipwreck and that the 1 opened successful France seems to absorption chiefly connected the relation of smugglers, Utopia 56 hopes this suit and consequent investigations volition shed airy connected the circumstances of this shipwreck," the NGO said.
The Channel calamity marked the biggest nonaccomplishment of beingness during attempted amerciable crossings of the Channel, according to the International Organisation for Migration.
It came arsenic grounds numbers of migrants person attempted to transverse from France to the United Kingdom this year.