Traffickers jailed for life over death of 71 migrants in Austria

Prosecutors at an appeal court in Szeged, 160 kilometres (100 miles) south of the Hungarian capital Budapest, successfully argued that the initial 25-year jail terms delivered last June were too lenient.

The victims — from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan — were among hundreds of thousands of desperate people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and elsewhere in 2015, triggering Europe’s worst migrant crisis since World War II.

Hungary took over the proceedings from Vienna after it emerged that the migrants had suffocated on Hungarian soil.

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