Media Release: AFP charges man with 25 people smuggling offences

Release Date: Friday, November 09 2012, 12:36 PM

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) can confirm that a 40-year-old Afghan national has been charged today with allegedly organising and facilitating three people smuggling ventures into Australia since July 2010.

The man was arrested by Malaysian authorities on 5 August 2011 and travelled under escort from Kuala Lumpur yesterday (8 November 2012).

The AFP has charged the man with 25 offences contrary to the Migration Act 1958. The offences include 23 counts against Section 233A (people smuggling involving individuals) and two counts against Section 233C (aggravated people smuggling involving a group of five or more) in relation to three Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 and 20 years imprisonment respectively.

The man will appear in Sydney Local Court today (9 November).

Deputy Commissioner Operations Andrew Colvin said the man’s arrest is the result of successful close cooperation between Australia and Malaysian law enforcement and the joint commitment to the fight against people smuggling.

“As the first successful extradition from Malaysia to Australia for people smuggling offences, this arrest highlights how important close relationships with international counterparts are in fighting transnational crime.

“The AFP regularly liaises with overseas counterparts such as the Royal Malaysia Police to combat transnational crime.

“Without these close international relationships, successful people smuggling operations would not be possible,” Deputy Commissioner Colvin said.

As these matters are now before the court it would not be appropriate to comment further.


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