Alan Kurdi's father and aunt have been campaigning for refugees for years | Photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Lüdemann
Alan Kurdi's father and aunt have been campaigning for refugees for years | Photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Lüdemann

A Turkish court has sentenced three suspects to 125 years in prison each for the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi. The toddler drowned along with four others in 2015, Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported.

The three men were sentenced with charges of "murder with eventual intent," Anadolu said. The nationalities of the three men were not immediately made public.

They were arrested in the southern Turkish city of Adana and were later tried via video conference at a criminal court in the Aegean city of Mugla where the body of Alan Kurdi was washed up in 2015.

In 2016, Turkey already sentenced two Syrian men to over four years on smuggling charges related to deaths of Kurdi and four others.

A family wiped out

Kurdi's family tried to reach the Greek island of Kos from the seaside town of Bodrum in Mugla when their rubber boat capsized in September 2015.

Five people died in the incident, including Kurdi's mother, brother and two others who were on the vessel.

The only member of the family to survive was Alan Kurdi's father, Abdullah

Icon of the refugee crisis

A picture showing the washed-up body of the dead boy facedown on the Turkish coast went around the world overnight when the news of his death first broke.  The image became a symbol of the so-called refugee crisis of 2015.

Last year, the private German sea-rescue operation Sea-Eye named their vessel after Alan Kurdi.

Read more: Alan Kurdi's father hopes to join German rescue ship named after son

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