Reuters har funnet frem til andre som var passasjerer på båten hvor Aylan Kurdi på tre år, hans bror og mor druknet. De sier at Aylans far var fører av båten og at han samarbeidet med smuglerne.Reuters

Det kaster et litt annet skjær over historien enn den opprinnelige som var preget av uskyldig offer.

The father of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi was working with smugglers and driving the flimsy boat that capsized trying to reach Greece, other passengers on board said, in an account that disputes the version he gave last week.

Ahmed Hadi Jawwad and his wife, Iraqis who lost their 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son in the crossing, told Reuters that Abdullah Kurdi panicked and accelerated when a wave hit the boat, raising questions about his claim that somebody else was driving the boat.

A third passenger confirmed their version of events, which Reuters could not independently verify.

«The story that (Aylan’s father) told is untrue. I don’t know what made him lie, maybe fear,» Jawwad said in Baghdad at his in-laws’ house on Friday. «He was the driver from the very beginning until the boat sank.»


Jawwad said his point of contact with the smugglers was called Abu Hussein. «Abu Hussein told me that he (Kurdi) was the one who organized this trip,» he said.

Reuters har forsøkt å få kontakt med Kurdi i Kobane, uten hell. Til Mailonline sier han at det umulig kan stemme siden han tok familien med. Samtidig sier han at han vurderte å føre båten. Reuters har funnet flere vitner som bekrefter at Kurdi var båtfører.


Amir Haider, 22, another Iraqi who said he was on the same boat, confirmed Jawwad’s account and identified Kurdi as the driver. He told Reuters by telephone from Istanbul that he initially thought Kurdi was Turkish because he was not speaking, but later heard him talking to his wife in Syrian Arabic.