Essex lorry deaths: Northern Irishman granted permission to appeal extradition to UK
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Essex lorry deaths: Northern Irishman granted permission to appeal extradition to UK

THE NORTHERN IRISHMAN facing extradition to the UK, in relation to the deaths of 39 migrants found in a lorry container in Essex last October, has been granted permission to appeal the decision.

23-year-old Eamon Harrison, from Co. Down, is wanted by British police for 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, and conspiracy to commit human trafficking under the UK's Modern Slavery Act.

Harrison allegedly drove the lorry in question to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, and later signed the shipping notice for it, before the vehicle made its onward journey to Britain - with the migrants inside.

He was arrested at Dublin port after returning from Belgium and has remained in custody ever since.

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Last month, a high court judge ruled that there was nothing to stop the extradition of Mr Harrison to the UK to face charges of manslaughter and human trafficking.

The Northern Irishman's lawyers however argued that there was no proof that the 39 migrants died while in the UK and appealed the ruling.

Today, Mr Justice Donald Binchy has allowed allowed Eamon Harrison leave to appeal the High Court extradition ruling to the Court of Criminal Appeal.