This boat is not SIEVX.
SIEVX was smaller & carried nearly 200 more passengers.
Get Ready For The Ministry Of Truth
by Marg Hutton
3 January 2003
Sometime in the next few days Abu Quassey will board a plane to
Egypt - the only question is will it be a flight that
takes him out of reach of Australian authorities or will
it include a stopover in a country that has an extradition treaty
with Australia so Interpol can arrest him?
Whichever way it goes, get ready to hear from Senator Ellison and
the AFP that this is good news - the gates have snapped open, the
hare has been released and the chase that they have been
promising us in such farcical terms for the last week or two can
But when Quassey boards that plane it will mean that not only is
he leaving Indonesia, but he is also flying away from any chance
that he will ever be brought to court over his part in what
Democrats Leader, Senator Bartlett has described as the SIEVX
Quassey - a man who has publicly admitted to a key role in
organising the deadly SIEVX voyage - will walk away from all
accountability for these deaths after serving just six months for
a minor immigration offence.
Should Quassey's flight to Cairo go via a country
without an extradition treaty with Australia (eg Saudi Arabia) then the spin
doctors in Indonesia and Australia will have a much harder task
than if Quassey is able to be picked up on an Interpol warrant in
Singapore or Bangkok. How will they convince the Australian
public that they are not quietly celebrating the hare slipping
through the net and so avoiding his public testimony that would
most likely link the Australian People Smuggling Disruption
Program to the sinking of SIEVX?
But even if Quassey is picked up at an airport under an Interpol
warrant and placed in jail awaiting an extradition order this
will not be any kind of victory. Recent examples of Australia's
efforts to extradite other people smugglers (1, 2) show that it
takes at least 8 months for an extradition case to be heard in a
foreign court, then appeal processes draw it out even longer. In
the best case scenario, Quassey would not arrive in Australia
before 2004. With time needed for preparation of a people
smuggling case, there will be at least 18 months for anyone in
Australian agencies who was complicit in the SIEVX deaths to
cover their tracks and move on, so avoiding being brought to
The inevitable claims by Senator Ellison and the AFP that they
are proving Australia has nothing to hide through their vigorous
pursuit of Quassey will be nothing more than a hollow sham.