Alleged SIEV-X people smuggler to be extradited from Sweden
The Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, today welcomed the decision by the Swedish Government to extradite alleged people smuggler, Khaleed Shnayf Daoed, to Australia.
Daoed, an Iraqi national, is alleged to have played an important role in a people-smuggling operation that attempted to bring people to Australia aboard the vessel known as 'SIEV-X'. The vessel sank in October 2001 during its voyage to Australia and approximately 353 people lost their lives.
Daoed is also alleged to have played an important role in arranging the voyage of another vessel which brought 147 illegal immigrants to Australia on 4 August 2001. He will face 13 charges under the Migration Act in Australia for his alleged people-smuggling activities and, if convicted, he could face up to 20 years' imprisonment.
Australia has previously successfully extradited two other alleged people smugglers, Ali Al Jenabi and Hasan Ayoub, from Thailand in respect of other matters.
"The recent successful extraditions to Australia and Abu Quassey's prosecution demonstrate the Government's continued commitment to bringing alleged people smugglers to justice," Senator Ellison said.
"I welcome the news that the Swedish Government has decided to grant Australia's request for the extradition of Daoed," he said. "I am not aware of any avenues for appeal of this decision."
"The Australian Government is grateful for the cooperation shown by the Swedish authorities in this matter."
Arrangements are being made to have Daoed escorted to Australia as soon as possible.
"This arrest is the result of a long and successful investigation by the joint Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) People Smuggling Strike Team," Senator Ellison said.
The Australian Federal Police and DIMIA continue to work hard to pursue those who organise and facilitate the practice of people-smuggling - wherever they are in the world - and the Australian government will take all steps possible to ensure these people are returned to Australia to face prosecution.
Senator Ellison said in this case the AFP has worked collaboratively with the Swedish National Police through the AFP's international network."
Abu Quassey, another of the alleged organisers of the SIEV-X, is being prosecuted in Egypt in connection with his alleged people-smuggling activities. Australia is assisting the Egyptian authorities with his prosecution.
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