Australia, Indonesia boost anti-smuggling efforts
Indonesia arrests alleged people-smuggler
police have arrested a suspected people-smuggler from Afghanistan
accused of arranging a boat trip in which 90 people drowned off
Australia's Christmas Island, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Rescuers managed to
save 110 asylum-seekers after the boat sank in the Indian Ocean off the
remote Australian territory on June 21 with an estimated 200 people on
board, but the accident left about 90 dead.
suspect, who was arrested Friday and was identified only by his initials
D.A, had been living in Indonesia for two years, national police
spokesman Boy Rafli Amar told AFP. AFP
AUSTRALIA: Australia and Indonesia Tuesday agreed to work more
closely to crack down on people-smuggling, with visiting President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono saying his people were victims of the trade as
Talks between Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Darwin
have focused on the issue of boat people coming to Australia, mostly via
transit ports in Indonesia, after scores drowned en route in recent
“In the field of preventing or combating people-smuggling and also
human trafficking we have agreed to enhance greater cooperation,”
Yudhoyono told reporters.
“Indonesia is also a victim of the acts of illegal people smuggling.
We hope that we can prevent, as far as possible, the act of
people-smuggling in our region.”
More than 90 people are thought to have died when two crowded
asylum-seeker boats sank off the remote Australian territory of
Christmas Island, near Indonesia's Java, in recent weeks.
In one incident, 110 people were saved but an estimated 90 drowned.
In the second sinking, 130 were rescued but four people were lost.
Gillard said Australia and Indonesia cooperated strongly to combat
They had discussed greater maritime collaboration.
Yudhoyono also welcomed the release of underage Indonesian nationals
held in Australian jails after being detained as crew on
“They are also victims of acts of people-smuggling and no doubt we
hope that the release of the remaining underage seafarers can be
accelerated,” he said through an interpreter.