MELBOURNE – The Australian Federal Police stated on Saturday it had charged a 43-year-old Iraqi man for his half in allegedly organising a individuals smuggling enterprise that led to the deaths of greater than 350 asylum seekers when their boat sank in 2001.
The person was taken into custody at Brisbane Airport late on Friday following his extradition from New Zealand and has been charged with “organising teams of non-citizens to Australia,” the police stated in a press release.The suspect, if convicted, faces a most of 10 years in jail.
The police declare he was part of a syndicate that organized individuals smuggling, largely from Iraq and Afghanistan, to Australia. He’s the third suspect to face court docket within the case.
“Let’s not lose sight of the truth that greater than 350 individuals died on this tragedy,” the police cited Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw as saying within the assertion.
“They’re owed justice and we stay dedicated to deterring those that revenue from this commerce.”
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