Extracted from Senate Hansard, 8 February 2005, p.234|
(Question No. 165)
Senator Faulkner asked the Minister for Justice and Customs, upon notice, on 8 December
Senator Ellison - The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:
Yes, Abu Quassey did appeal the decision of an Egyptian court on 27 December 2003 which found him guilty of people smuggling related charges and sentenced him to 7 years gaol.
(a) Australia has provided material to Egypt to assist in the appeal, including information about Quassey’s people smuggling activities in Indonesia.
(b) On 24 November 2004, the South Cairo Court of First Instance - Abdeen Misdemeanours Appeals Court upheld Quassey’s conviction on both charges, while reducing his sentence to 5 years and 3 months in prison.