Joint media release with The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, The Hon. Peter Dutton MP and The Minister for Justice, The Hon. Michael Keenan MP
The Australian Government today congratulates the Indonesia National Police on the arrest of one of our region’s most notorious people smugglers, Abraham Louhenapessy, better known as Captain Bram.
After an extensive operation, Indonesian National Police captured Captain Bram in West Jakarta yesterday. We understand the Indonesian authorities will transport Captain Bram to Rote where he will face court on people smuggling charges.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said Captain Bram has a long history of criminal people smuggling targeted at Australia, starting as far back as 1999.
“We know that Captain Bram is a key player in the people smuggling networks across Indonesia and we congratulate the Indonesian National Police on their determination to stop this criminal from risking the lives of anymore vulnerable people,” Minister Dutton said.
“Cooperation with Indonesia is essential in shutting down the people smuggling trade, together we remain committed to stamping out people smuggling, and preventing people risking their lives.
“The arrest of Captain Bram demonstrates the success of offshore deterrence efforts, but we need to remain vigilant because people smugglers will do almost anything to convince vulnerable people to part with their money and get onto a leaky boat.”
“This is why we have reinforced our on water capabilities to ensure that illegal people smuggling boats will not make it to Australia.
“Settlement in Australia will never be an option for people who attempt to travel illegally by boat. There are no exceptions,” Mr Dutton said.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said Bram may face up to 10 years in prison for his crimes.
“We are extremely pleased this notorious people smuggler has been stopped,” Mr Keenan said.
“I’d like to acknowledge the sustained efforts of the Indonesian Police in tracking down Captain Bram, but we know there are more criminal people smugglers out there and we will continue to work with our regional partners to bring them to justice.”