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Turkey jails people smugglers in trial over Aylan death


A Turkish court on Friday sentenced to jail two people smugglers on trial over the death of Aylan Kurdi, the young boy who became a poignant symbol of refugee suffering when his lifeless body was pictured washed up on a Turkish beach.

The court in the resort town of Bodrum found Syrian nationals Muwafaka Alabash and Asem Alfrhad guilty of trafficking migrants and sentenced them to four years and two months, but cleared them of negligence leading to migrant deaths.

They had faced up to 35 years in prison had they been convicted of causing the death of five people “through deliberate negligence”.

A photograph of the three-year-old Syrian toddler face down in the sand on a Turkish beach triggered worldwide anguish when it was published in September.

He drowned after his family decided to make the risky journey from Turkey to Greece in an overloaded open boat.

Aylan’s mother Rihana and brother Ghaleb, four, also died in the same accident as they attempted the crossing from Bodrum to the island of Kos.

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