Gov’t make advance payment for repatriation of UK truck victim remains

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The Government will provide an advance payment to bring bodies of the 39 Vietnamese people found dead in a refrigerated lorry in Essex last month back to Vietnam, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Thanh Son on the sidelines of the ongoing eighth session of the 14th National Assembly in Hanoi on November 21.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Thanh Son speaks to media on the sidelines of the ongoing eighth session of the 14th National Assembly in Hanoi on November 21.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Thanh Son speaks to media on the sidelines of the ongoing eighth session of the 14th National Assembly in Hanoi on November 21.

The victims' families then will refund the advance spent on repatriating their relatives’ bodies back home.
The governments of the two countries have unified in completing procedures of cremation and arranging flights to carry the bodies back to Vietnam, the  Deputy Minister said.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the total cost of returning the bodies from the UK to Vietnam is VND66.2 million (£2,208) a victim, it is VND41.1 million ((£1,370) to bring back the ashes.

By ANH PHUONG – Translated by Kim Khanh

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