Alan Kurdi: two men in court in Turkey over death of Syrian toddler


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Two suspected people smugglers charged with causing the death of five people, including the Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi, have gone on trial in Turkey.

The picture of the three-year-old boy lying face down on a Turkish beach after the dinghy in which he and his family had been travelling capsized sparked outrage across the world in September.

On Thursday Syrian nationals Muwafaka Alabash and Asem Alfrhad went on trial at the criminal court in the Turkish town of Bodrum. Both face charges of people smuggling and causing the death of five people, including Alan Kurdi, his five-year-old brother, Galip, and their mother, Rehan, “through deliberate negligence”.

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