Reuters – A Turkish court on Friday sentenced two Syrians to four years in jail over the drowning of five people including toddler Aylan Kurdi, the image of whose dead body sparked global sympathy last September over the fate of migrants, Dogan news agency said.
The two Syrians were each sentenced to four years and two months in jail for smuggling, Dogan reported. They were acquitted of a charge of causing death through conscious neglect.
EU Council President Donald Tusk was going to Turkey on Friday to press for closer cooperation in dealing with the migrants ahead of an EU summit on Monday.
Praised for taking in some 2.five million refugees from Syria’s five-year civil war, Turkey – a candidate for EU membership – is under pressure to quit migrants making perilous onward journeys to Europe.