Qld: Lawyer moves to gag federal government
7 November 2003
A lawyer for an Iraqi goldsmith facing people smuggling charges has criticised the federal government for commenting on the case.
Brisbane lawyer PETER RUSSO says it was incorrect for Customs Minister CHRIS ELLISON to issue two press releases and comment on the extradition of KHALEED SHNAYF DAOED.
A spokesman for Senator ELLISON says he's entitled to detail information that's already on the public record.
Thirty-five-year-old DAOED was extradited from Sweden to Brisbane overnight.
He's faced 12 charges of people smuggling and money laundering in Brisbane's Magistrates Court.
DAOED is accused of being a key organiser of the boat known as SIEV-X which sank on its way to Australia in October 2001.
A total of 353 people drowned.
Magistrate ROBERT QUINLAN agreed to adjourn the case until December the 8th for a committal mention.
DAOED did not apply for bail and has not yet been required to enter a plea to the charges.
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