Australia May Extradite Organiser of Fatal Voyage|
12 July 2002
Organiser of doomed boat faces extradition
~ Margo Kingston (SMH)
Patsy not so easily deceived ~ Comment by Margo Kingston (SMH)
- The Australian Federal Police wants to charge the organiser of the fatal trip by asylum seekers on the SIEV-X with causing the deaths of 353 people on board, and to hold the trial in Australia under Australian law. AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty told the Senate SIEV-X
inquiry that police would have to establish the vessel sank in international waters on its way to Christmas Island for Australian law to apply, and to permit the extradition of Abu Qussey from Indonesia, where he is in custody for minor offences...
Boat deaths: AFP hopes to charge man ~ Kirsten Lawson (CT)
Defence minister Robert Hill offered up Colonel Patrick Gallagher as a witness on Monday. The colonel first knew he was the patsy next morning when he read about it in The Canberra Times...
Defence contradicts earlier evidence about refugee boat ~ Kirsten Lawson (CT)
The Australian Federal Police hope to charge alleged people smuggler Abu Quassey with the deaths of 353 asylum-seekers who drowned en route to Christmas Island in October last year, police Commissioner Mick Keelty revealed yesterday...
Jakarta froze boat people pact: AFP ~ Kerry Taylor (Age)
The Defence Department's justification of its actions over the ill-fated SIEV X asylum-seeker boat was dealt a blow from within yesterday, when the Defence intelligence head contradicted earlier evidence about what the department knew and when...
A crucial agreement between Australian Federal Police and their Indonesian counterparts to combat people smuggling was frozen at the height of the boat people crisis last year until June 2002, a Senate inquiry was told yesterday. Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Keelty told the children overboard inquiry the agreement - originally signed in September, 2000, to target and disrupt people smuggling operations - was frozen a year later after Indonesian foreign affairs officials raised concerns and told their police force to ignore it...
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