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British Police Attempt to Find Cause of Death and Nationality of 58 Immigrants

Aired June 19, 2000 - 2:00 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Officials in Britain believe the transport truck in which 58 immigrants died was probably part of a large smuggling network. Today, police are seeking answers from the truck's suspected driver. The truck had crossed the English Channel in sweltering heat, with the victims packed in the back.

CNN's Nic Robertson has the latest from the English port of Dover.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Expected to reveal not only the cause of death but the nationality of the victims as well. So far authorities will only say they are of Asian origin.

(on camera): Immigration is a growing problem British authorities are struggling to tackle. Last year, 71,000 people applied for asylum, that's up on 46,000 in 1998. And despite initiatives such as a $3,000 fine levied on truckers per stowaway, the volume of illegal human traffic is proving a daily test for British resources.

Nic Robertson, CNN, Dover, England.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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