Turkey’s state-run news agency says a court has sentenced two Syrian men to four years and two months each in prison over the death of migrant boy Alan Kurdi and four other people.
The image of the boy — his lifeless body lying face down on a beach — galvanized world attention on the Syrian refugee crisis, graphically illustrating the magnitude of the suffering and the treacherous journeys the migrants risk.
The trials against alleged people-smugglers, Syrian nationals Muwafaka Alabash and Asem Alfrhad, opened in the Aegean resort of Bodrum on Feb. 11
Anadolu Agency said Friday the court convicted the two of human trafficking but acquitted them of the charge of causing the deaths through deliberate negligence.
Alan’s brother, Galip, and mother, Rihan, were also among the five victims who drowned last year when their boat went down in the ill-fated journey from Bodrum to the Greek island of Kos.
The boy’s aunt, Tima Kurdi, welcomed her brother Mohammad Kurdi and his wife and five kids to Vancouver in late December.
With files from The Associated Press