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Zahra (6), Fatima (7) and Eman (9) - the daughters of Sondos Ismail and Ahmed Alzalimi -  three of the 146 children who lost their lives when the vessel that has become known as SIEVX foundered in international waters en route to Christmas Island on 19 October 2001.
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Abu Quassey

This page is intended as a guide to media reports and Hansard extracts regarding Mootaz Attia Mohamed Hasan, more commonly known as Abu Quassey, the infamous people-smuggler convicted in Egypt in December 2003 of people smuggling and 'homicide through negligence' for the 353 lives lost on the fatal SIEVX voyage. On appeal, Abu Quassey's sentence was reduced to just five years and three months in total. (Spelling variations include: Quessay, Quessai, Quassy, Kaiz and Kossay).

Abu Quassey, released from Jakarta's Cipinang prison, 1 January 2003 (ABC)

 

 

 
ROLE IN SIEVX DISASTER ACCORDING TO SURVIVORS

Fishing boat tragedy highlights refugees' plight ~ Dan Murphy, 25 October 2001 (CSM)
350 Drowned Between Australia and Indonesia ~ 25 October 2001 (AFP)
Boat to Nowhere ~ John Aglionby, 26 October 2001 (Guardian UK)
Trip to RI organized by mafia: Survivor ~ Emmanuelle, 26 October 2001 (JP)
Refugees blame smugglers ~ Emmanuelle, 26 October 2001 (JP)
The Five Mysteries of SIEV X ~ Ghassan Nakhoul, 28 August 2002 (SBS Arabic Radio)

PEOPLE-SMUGGLING VENTURES PRIOR TO SIEVX
Darkness Is a Smuggler's Only Friend ~ Don Greenlees, 26 October 2001 (Aus)
Failure to act on smuggler blamed... ~ Andrew Clennell, 25 February 2002 (SMH)
Refugee Trail Offers A Road To Nowhere ~ John Aglionby, 28 February 2002 (Guardian UK)
Australia Complicit? ~ Pamela Curr, 18 December 2002 (AusNews)
    'Donnybrook'
Littlest boat person arrives... ~ Natalie O'Brien, 3 February 2000 (Aus)
Arms of safety reach out... ~ Jason Koutsoukis, 3 February 2000 (Age)
Cita V The Queen ~ 24 January 2001 (WA Supreme Court)
From Iraq To Woomera ~ Susan Owens, 2 February 2002 (AFR)
    'Gelantipy'
Search for Missing Fishing Boat ~ 27 March 2001 (AMSA Media Release)
Race on to find 25 stranded illegals ~ Megan Saunders, 28 March 2001 (Aus)
Liferaft pair spark rescue ~ Sean Cowan, 28 March 2001 (Age)
22 People Saved by Christmas Island... ~ Minister Ellison, 28 March 2001 (Media Release)
More Questions On SIEVX Coverup ~ Marg Hutton, 12 February 2004 (sievx.com)
Vanstone blunders on Quassey's... ~ Marg Hutton, 29 April 2004 (sievx.com)
Hamish Lindsay (DIMIA) to Marg Hutton ~ 8 June 2004
    'Yambuk'
All troubled on the family front ~ Geoff Strong, 13 March 2003 (Age)
Notes from trial of Khaleed Daoed May/June 2005 ~ Sue Hoffman, 11 July 2005

PURSUED, ARRESTED & CONVICTED OF MINOR OFFENCES IN INDONESIA

Death boat suspects under arrest ~ Tim Dodd, 27 October 2001 (AFR)
Officers held for boat role ~ Don Greenlees, 27 October 2001 (Aus)
Death ship not named ~ Hidayat Tantan & Mariana Ariestyawati dan Sugiyanto, 29 October 2001 (Gatra)
Indonesian police headquarters interrogates Brigadier Agus Safuan ~ 7 November 2001 (Gatra)
Indonesia seizes suspected chief people smuggler ~ 7 November 2001 (Reuters)
People smuggling suspect will face Indonesian charges... ~ Murdoch, 8 November 2001 (SMH)
Smuggle Suspect Gang Sought ~ Don Greenlees, 8 November 2001 (Aus)
'It's impossible for us to extradite Abu Quassey' ~ 8 November 2001 (Tempo)
'Chief' people-smuggler arrested ~ Emmy Fitri, 8 November 2001 (Jakarta Post)
People Smuggler Arrested ~ 8 November 2001 (suaramerdeka.com)
Breakfast with Bandarto Bandoro ~ 9 November 2001 (Kompas)
RI considers extraditing Abu Quassey to Australia ~ Siboro & Unidjaja, 9 November 2001 (JP)
Jakarta vows to wipe out... syndicates ~ 9 November 2001 (AFP)
Gently spoken Mr Whiskers ~ Hidayat Tantan, Sulhan Syafi'i & dan Ida Farida, 12 November 2001 (Gatra)
The Legal Loopholes of Refugee Smuggling ~ 13 November 2001 (Tempo)
Egypt denies Abu Quassey is one of its citizens ~ 13 November 2001 (Gatra)
Police Succeed in Identifying Abu Quassey's Network ~ Kartika, 12 November 2001 (Kompas)
Accused People Smuggler says he was working... ~ Catherine Munro, 13 February 2002 (AAP)
People Smuggler Denies Blame for Deaths ~ 13 February 2002 (Laksamana Net)
Abu Quassey Denies Masterminding People Smuggling ~ 13 February 2002 (Tempo)
The Wife of Abu Quassey Facing 5 Years In Prison ~ 19 April 2002 (Sinar Harapan)
Fugitive Banker Facing Possible Extradition ~ 15 June 2002 (Laksamana.net)
God's Decision ~ David O'Shea, 21 August 2002 (SBS Dateline)
Alleged people-smuggler on trial for visa abuse ~ Saraswati, 22 August 2002 (JP)

CAMPAIGN FOR EXTRADITION TO AUSTRALIA

Was A Tracking Device Fitted To SIEVX? ~ 21 November 2002 (sievx.com)
Bartlett Presses For Extradition of SIEVX Organiser ~ 5 December 2002 (sievx.com)
Senate Moves On Quassey! ~ 10 December 2002 (sievx.com)
All Eyes On January 1 ~ 12 December 2002 (sievx.com)
Quassey - Ellison Claims No Jurisdiction ~ 13 December 2002 (sievx.com)
Australia Knew About Boat Sabotage ~ 14 December 2002 (sievx.com)
Australia to hunt 'people smuggler' ~ 30 December 2002 (BBC)
Govt says it cannot stop people smuggler's release ~ 30 December 2002 (ABC)
Vow to hunt man behind death voyage ~ Mark Metherell, 30 December 2002 (SMH)
Pursuit of people smuggler to go on ~ Josh Gordon, 30 December 2002 (Age)
People Smuggler Action Urged ~ 30 December 2002 (AAP)
Vow to pursue people smuggler ~ Kirsten Lawson, 31 December 2002 (CT)
Indonesia to hold people smuggler ~ 31 December 2002
Paint it black ~ 1 January 2002 (sievx.com)
Canberra to chase accused people-smuggler ~ Patrick Walters, 1 January 2003 (Aus)
Australia will try to grab people smuggler ~ 1 January 2003 (SMH)
Jakarta to deport suspected people smuggler ~ 1 January 2003 (CNN)
Video of Quassey's release ~ 1 January 2003 (ABC)
People Smuggler Released ~ Tim Palmer, 2 January 2002 (AM)
Death Boat Smuggler Has No Remorse ~ Patrick Walters, 2 January 2003 (Aus)
Chase is on to stop people smuggling suspect ~ Tom Hyland, 2 January 2003 (SMH & Age)
Suspected people-smuggler released, faces deportation ~ 2 January 2003 (Jakarta Post)
Jakarta arranges to deport alleged people smuggler ~ Tom Hyland, 3 January 2003 (Age)
Smuggler's Exit Pending ~ Patrick Walters, 3 January 2003 (Aus)
Get ready for the Ministry of Truth ~ 3 January 2003 (sievx.com)
Accused Quassey may be deported next week ~ 4 January 2003 (Age)
Tell all on people smuggler, Opposition urges Govt ~ 4 January 2003 (CT)
SIEV-X man may face new charges ~ Tim Dodd, 7 January 2003 (AFR)
Death boat suspect set to slip legal net ~ Don Greenlees, 8 January 2002 (Aus)
Canberra pressed on people smuggler ~ Bob Burton, 11 January 2003 (Asia Times)
Govt. to deport alleged smuggler ~ 28 January 2003 (Jakarta Post)
Smuggling Accused May Dodge Australian Courts ~ Matthew Moore, 28 January 2003 (SMH)
Egypt Vies To Take Back Smuggler ~ Matthew Moore, 28 January 2003 (Age)
We Could Have Him! ~ 28 January 2003 (sievx.com)
Australia dragging feet on smuggler's extradition... ~ Matthew Moore, 1 February 2003 (SMH)
Last Chance For Ellison To Show He Means Business... ~ 1 February 2003 (sievx.com)
Govt. may extradite suspected people-smuggler to Eqypt... ~ 6 February 2003 (JP)
Egypt, Aust seek man's extradition ~ 6 February 2003 (Aus)
Australia in talks with Indonesia to extradite... ~ 6 February 2003 (SCMP)
Egyptian envoy asks Indonesia to hand over... ~ 7 February 2003 (Jakarta Post)
RI caught between Egypt and Australia ~ Fabiola Desy Unidjaja, 7 February 2003 (JP)
Australian bid to get smuggler ~ Webster & Moore, 8 February 2003 (Age)
Australia 'has no right' to smuggler ~ Matthew Moore, 11 February 2003 (Age)
Howard arrives for two day visit...~ Fabiola Desy Unidjaja, 15 February 2003, (Jakarta Post)
Howard praises Jakarta's anti-terror fight ~ 16 February 2003 (utusan.com.my)
Indonesia Rejects Australia's Request... ~ 16 February 2003 (Tempo)
Aust to help Egypt with Smuggler ~ Catharine Munro, 19 February 2003 (Aus)
Stop pushing says Jakarta ~ Tim Dodd, 20 February 2003 (AFR)
Australia snubbed over 'smuggler' ~ 15 April 2003 (Aus)
Quassey for Egypt ~ 16 April 2003 (sievx.com)

DEPORTED FROM INDONESIA, TRIED & CONVICTED IN EGYPT

Chase For Abu Quassey Ends ~ Matthew Moore, 26 April 2003 (SMH)
Egypt Tries Man Over Siev X Deaths ~ 7 September 2003 (ABC)
Evidence offer on smuggler ~ Sophie Morris, 8 September 2003 (Aus)
Australia offers Egypt help... ~ 7 September 2003 (MSNBC)
Early Survivors ~ Ghassan Nakhoul, 10 September 2003 (SBS Arabic Radio)
More on SIEVX Mysteries ~ Marg Hutton, 10 September 2003 (sievx.com)
Human Trafficker pursued ~ 11 September (Al Ahram)
Quassey Hearing Postponed Until 27/9 ~ Marg Hutton, 16 September 2003 (sievx.com)
Survivors To Testify At Quassey Trial! ~ Marg Hutton, 26 September 2003 (sievx.com)
The case of the man accused of killing 350... ~ Atif Abu Al Kheir, 28 September 2003 (AG)
Egypt court accepts Australian help ~ 29 September 2003 (AFP)
Doorstop Interview ~ Minister Ellison, 10 October 2003
Swedish people-smuggler to be extradited to Australia ~ Louise Yaxley, 10 October 2003 (PM)
Accused smuggler to be extradited ~ Vivienne Oakley, 11 October 2003 (Ad Ad)
People smuggler faces life ~ 25 October 2003 (news24.com)
27 December... The verdict in the case... ~ Mohammad Monazeh, 26 October (AG)
Caged Beast~ Jackie Dent, 29 October 2003 (Bulletin)
Egyptian jailed for deaths of 353 boatpeople ~ 27 December 2003 (ABC)
Egyptian jailed for Java sinking ~ 27 December 2003 (BBC)
7 years jail for the accused... ~ 28 December 2003 (Al Gomhuria)

AUSTRALIAN REACTION TO EGYPTIAN CONVICTION & SENTENCE

Refugee groups want Australia to send investigators ~ 28 December 2003 (Age online)
Vanstone Welcomes Quassey's Jailing ~ 28 December 2003 (Age online)
People Smuggler Abu Quassey Found Guilty ~ Downer & Ellison, 28 December 2003 (Joint MR)
Govt Regrets Quassey Foreign Trial ~ 28 December 2003 (Age online)
SIEV-X People Smuggler Sentenced ~ 28 December 2003 (SBS) (Video) 28/12
Fatal Voyage Ends in Seven Years' Jail ~ Jackie Dent, 29 December 2003 (SMH)
People smuggler gets seven years ~ Dent & Shaw, 29 December 2003 (Age)
'Lenient' penalty for Siev X Smuggler ~ Sophie Morris, 29 December 2003 (Aus)
Siev X organiser sentenced to 7 years jail ~ Hardaker & Solly, 29 December 2003 (AM)
Siev X People Smuggler is Convicted ~ Allesandro Fabro, 29 December 2003 (Fin Review)
People smuggler got just deserts: Minister ~ Carmelo Amalfi, 29 December 2003 (WA)
7 Years For 353 Deaths ~ Jason Frenkel, 29 December 2003 (Herald Sun)
Justice, Of A Sort, For People Smuggler ~ Editorial, 30 December 2003 (Aus)
Downer: Smuggler conspiracy 'nonsense' ~ 30 December 2003 (Ad Ad)
Australian Government Continues Coverup...~ Jake Skeers, 16 January 2004 (WSWS)
Senator Ellison to Marg Hutton ~ 18 October 2005
Ellison Replies ~ Marg Hutton, 22 October 2005 (sievx.com)

EGYPTIAN COURT REDUCES SENTENCE ON APPEAL

Senator Ellison to Marg Hutton ~ 6 January 2005
Answers To QoN ~ Justice Minister Ellison, 8 February 2005

AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENTARY MENTIONS & MOTIONS

CMI Report, (Chapters 8 & 9), 23 October 2002
Estimates, Senate Legal & Con. Committee ~ Sens Faulkner & Collins, 20 November 2002
Senate Hansard ~ Senator Bartlett, 4 December 2002
Notice of Quassey Senate Motion ~ Sen. Collins 10 December 2002 (audio)
Quassey Senate Motion ~ Senator Jacinta Collins, 11 December 2002
Answers To QoN ~ Justice Minister Ellison, 12 December 2002
Answers To QoN ~ AFP Commissioner Keelty, 9 January 2003
Senate Hansard ~ Senator Peter Cook, 5 February 2003
Estimates, Senate Legal & Con. Committee ~ Senator Collins, 10 February 2003
Answers To QoN ~ Justice Minister Ellison, March 2003 [Attachments: 1, 2, 3]
Estimates, Senate Legal & Con. Committee ~ Sens Faulkner & Collins, 27 May 2003
Answers To QoN ~ Justice Minister Ellison, 11 August 2003
Answers To QoN ~ Justice Minister Ellison (through Minister Vanstone), 16 October 2003
Answers To QoN ~ Justice Minister Ellison, 8 February 2005

ARTICLES THAT INCLUDE LEGAL OPINION

People smuggler to elude murder charge ~ Annabel Crabb, 14 December 2002 (Age)
People smuggler unlikely to be extradited to Australia ~ Peter Mares, 19 December 2002 (Asia Pacific)
Discussion on Daoed ~ Marg Hutton, 12 December 2003 (sievx.com)
Review of A Certain Maritime Incident ~ Jennifer Clarke, February 2005 (JAS Review of Books)

Other articles containing direct or indirect mention of Abu Quassey may be found on these pages: 1, 2, 3

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