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Friday, 17 March 2017
Media release

Joint Media Release with The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice - Indonesian people smuggler jailed for six years

The Australian Government welcomes the news that notorious people smuggler Abraham Louhenapessy, better known as Captain Bram, has been found guilty of people smuggling offences and jailed for six years by an Indonesian court.

Captain Bram was arrested by Indonesian National Police in September 2016 after a lengthy operation. He has a long history of criminal people smuggling and is responsible for preying on vulnerable people as far back as 1999.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, praised the work of Indonesian authorities for their efforts in bringing him to justice.

“This man has facilitated a number of people smuggling ventures over many years, convincing vulnerable people to risk their lives at sea,” Mr Dutton said.

“We thank our Indonesian counterparts for their continued commitment to tackling this insidious problem and helping to stamp out people smuggling in our region.

“We know that there are many more people smugglers just like Captain Bram who are ready and willing to do almost anything to convince vulnerable people to hand over their family’s money and get on a leaky boat.

“This is why we have increased our aerial surveillance and maritime capabilities to ensure that no people smuggling boats ever make it to Australia. You will be caught and turned back.”

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said Captain Bram’s arrest and prosecution demonstrates the continuing success of Australia’s work with our regional partners to disrupt people smuggling.

I congratulate the Indonesian authorities on the successful conviction of Captain Bram,” Mr Keenan said.

“Our close collaboration with Indonesia has had a substantial impact on putting people smugglers out of business and reducing the number of illegal ventures attempting to reach Australia.

“Captain Bram’s guilty verdict should send a clear message to the people smuggler syndicates across the region – you will be tracked down, arrested and convicted.”