Media Statement: 18 people charged over Christmas Island disturbances

Release Date: Tuesday, June 14 2011, 04:27 PM

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has charged 18 people following an investigation into a series of incidents which occurred at the North West Point the Immigration Detention Centre on Christmas Island in March 2011.
 
The ages of the men range between 18 to 47 years old.
 
A dedicated team of Australian Federal Police officers was established to investigate the alleged criminal conduct stemming from the disturbances at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in March.

The AFP conducted a thorough investigation into these matters, and as a result, a total of 18 charges have been laid against 18 people for the following offences:

  • Burglary contrary to section 401 of the West Australian Criminal Code 1913. The maximum penalty for this offence is 20 years imprisonment;
  • Posses stolen/unlawfully obtained property contrary to section 428 of the West Australian Criminal Code 1913. The maximum penalty for this offence is 2 years imprisonment;
  • Damage/destroy Commonwealth property contrary to section 29 of the Crimes Act 1914. The maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years imprisonment;
  • Damage / destroy property contrary to section 445 of the West Australian Criminal Code 1913. The maximum penalty for this offence is 2 years imprisonment;
  • Harm / Threaten Commonwealth Public Official contrary to sections 147.1 and 147.2 Criminal Code Act 1995. The maximum penalty for these offences is 10 years and 7 years imprisonment respectively.

The men remain at the Immigration Detention Centre and are scheduled to appear in Christmas Island court on 15 June 2011.

As investigations into these incidents are ongoing it is not appropriate for the AFP to provide further detail at this stage.
 
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