Aus­tralia de­tains Iraqi over peo­ple smug­gling

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The Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice said yes­ter­day it had charged an Iraqi man for his part in or­gan­is­ing a peo­plesmug­gling ven­ture that led to the deaths of more than 350 asy­lum seek­ers when their boat sank in 2001. The man, 43, was taken into cus­tody at Bris­bane Air­port in South­east Queens­land, on Fri­day af­ter his ex­tra­di­tion from New Zealand and has been charged with “or­gan­is­ing groups of non-cit­i­zens to Aus­tralia”, the po­lice said. If con­victed, he faces up to 10 years in prison. The po­lice say he was a part of a syn­di­cate that or­gan­ised peo­ple smug­gling, mostly from Iraq and Afghanista­n, to Aus­tralia. He is the third per­son to face court in the case.

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