Siev X people-smuggler convicted

June 08, 2005
From: AAP

AN Iraqi man linked to the ill-fated voyage to Australia that killed 353 asylum seekers has been found guilty in Brisbane of people smuggling.

Khaleed Shnayf Daoed, 37, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of people smuggling - one in relation to the disastrous Siev X voyage and another in relation to the successful arrival of 147 people on Christmas Island in 2001. He was found guilty in relation to the Siev X boat, which capsized off Indonesia in October 2001, killing 353 Iraqis. Another 45 survived.

Daoed was cleared of the second charge.

The Supreme Court jury took almost two days to reach its verdict after being sent out at 1pm (AEST) on Monday.

Justice Philip McMurdo adjourned the sentence for mention on June the 24th.

People smuggling carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.


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