Two in court over Alan Kurdi smuggling

Alan and Galib, who were 3 and 5 respectively when they diedImage copyright

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Alan Kurdi (L) drowned trying to make a sea crossing, alongside his brother Galib (R) and their mother

Two suspected people-smugglers are on trial in connection with the death of Alan Kurdi and four other people.

Alan was the Syrian three-year-old whose photograph – lying dead on a beach – focused world attention on the refugee crisis in September 2015.

Mufawaka Alabash and Asem Alfrhad, both Syrian nationals, are being tried in Bodrum, the same Turkish seaside city where his body was washed up.

Mr Alabash and Mr Alfrhad face up to 35 years in prison each if found guilty.

They are charged with human smuggling and with causing the deaths of five people “through deliberate negligence”.

Alan’s five-year-old brother Galib and his mother Rihan also drowned when the boat they were on sank during an attempted crossing to the Greek island of Kos.

The father of the family, Abdullah, survived. One local news agency has reported that he is on trial in absentia over his role in the disaster, but it is not clear what charges he faces. He is currently thought to be outside Turkey.

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