Hellenic coast guard officers escort five Spaniards claiming to be NGO staff, on the island of Lesbos on January 14, 2016, after they have been arrested on suspicion of migrant trafficking. / AFP / -
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Greece's shipping minister has criticized coastguards who forced an alleged Turkish smuggler to look at the bodies of three dead migrant children who died crossing the Aegean.The affair surfaced after Sky News on Friday broadcast footage of a distressing migrant rescue near the Greek island of Samos where two two-year-old boys and a four-year-old girl died.Convicted migrant smugglers face heavy sentences in Greece if convicted.In 2014, a court on Crete handed down multiple life sentences – essentially 25 years in prison – to three Syrians and a Greek caught transporting dozens of migrants inside trucks.The International Organisation for Migration on Tuesday said over 31,000 migrants and refugees had already arrived in Greece this year, some 21 times the number recorded by the Greek coastguard in January 2015 .
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