Written by Staff Writer
13 Oct, 2015 | 3:59 pm
Bulgaria will extradite a man who was arrested in connection with 71 dead refugees found in an abandoned truck on an Austrian highway, local TV news channels.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov, 32, was held for 72 hours under a European arrest warrant at his home in the town of Lom on August 31, and is suspected of being one of the drivers of the truck.
He denies wrongdoing. The Bulgarian authorities have already postponed his extradition to Austria twice.
Bulgarian prosecutors have charged him with being part of an organised crime group.
In one of the most tragic events of a refugee crisis that has swept Europe, Austrian authorities discovered the refugees on August 27 in an abandoned refrigeration lorry near the Hungarian border. They appeared to have suffocated after being crammed in five to a square meter (10 sq ft).
The discovery of the remains, presumed to be those of refugees who had to rely on people-smugglers to help them cross the border between Austria and Hungary, caused widespread shock and drew attention to the conditions in which many have fled conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere.
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