Co Monaghan brothers remained ‘calm and collected’ during raid

One of the Monaghan brothers wanted by British police for questioning about the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people in a refrigerated trailer was praised as a “hands-on” owner of a truck company involved in every aspect of his business, according to the Sunday Independent.

Christopher Hughes and his brother Ronan were named by Essex police last month as people they want to speak to about the suspected manslaughter and human trafficking of the 31 men and eight women who were smuggled into an Essex port.

The brothers have been lying low in Co Monaghan since the fatal human trafficking operation was uncovered by police and were “at home” when the Criminal Assets Bureau raided their properties and businesses last Thursday.

A BMW worth around €100,000 is among the luxury cars seized by CAB, along with several trailers including two trucks seized from Dublin port last Tuesday.