Joint media release - The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism.
The recent jailing of a people smuggler is a clear warning to those trying to set up smuggling ventures that the Australian Government is determined to bring people traffickers to justice.
The 44-year-old Iraqi man was sentenced before the District Court of Western Australia to 10 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of seven years and six months for his role in organising a people smuggling venture carrying 50 illegal maritime arrivals in 2010.
He was extradited from Germany in June 2014 following a lengthy and detailed investigation.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton today highlighted the continued success of Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) and the Government’s commitment to take a hard line against people smugglers.
“This sentence highlights the seriousness of the illegal people smuggling trade and further reinforces our determination to pursue those involved,” Mr Dutton said.
“There are currently 18 people serving a sentence in Australian prisons for a people smuggling offence.”
The Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said that people smugglers involved in these ventures will be pursued by the OSB Disruption and Deterrence Task Group led by the Australian Federal Police.
“People smugglers should be under no misapprehension—the Australian Government is determined to stop this evil trade and OSB is putting people smugglers out of business,” Mr Keenan said.
It has been more than 600 days since the last successful people smuggling venture to Australia and most importantly we have ended the deaths at sea.
The Australian Government remains resolute in its commitment to protect Australia’s borders, to tackle people smuggling, and to prevent people risking their life at sea.
Australia’s resolve has not softened. If anything, we are working harder to use the knowledge that we have gained over the past few years to tackle this insidious trade.