A Turkish court on Friday sentenced two Syrian smugglers to four years and two months each in prison over the deaths of 5 people including 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, who galvanized world attention on the refugee crisis when a photo was published of him lying lifeless on a beach.
The court in the Aegean resort of Bodrum convicted the two of human trafficking but acquitted them of the charge of causing the drowning deaths through deliberate negligence, the agency said.
The image of the Syrian boy’s body, face down on a Turkish beach, graphically illustrated the magnitude of the migrants’ suffering.
Alan’s brother, Galip, and mother, Rihan, were also among the five victims who drowned when their boat went down in the ill-fated journey from Bodrum to the Greek island of Kos last year.
The boy’s aunt, Tima Kurdi, welcomed her brother Mohammad Kurdi and his wife and five kids to B.C. in late December.
- Source: AP