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Hungarian court sentences four to 25 years in prison for killing 71 migrants

Migrants suffocated in truck, later found by the Austrian motorway

The truck in which the migrants' corpses were found. File photo: Reuters

The truck in which the migrants' corpses were found. File photo: Reuters

A Hungarian court sentenced four members of a people-smuggling gang to 25 years in prison on Thursday for letting 71 men, women and children suffocate inside a truck in 2015 and dumping the truck with corpses at the side of an Austrian motorway.

Four men have been charged with the killings of the victims, which came at the height of Europe's migrant crisis in 2015. All four were found guilty and sentenced to 25 years in prison in a first-degree court ruling in the town of Kecskemet.

The bodies of the 59 men, eight women and four children, from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, were found inside the abandoned truck in Austria on August 26, 2015.

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