Jakarta Nabs ‘People Smuggler’

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Sayeed Abbas Azad has been billed as the biggest catch so far by Southeast Asian authorities seeking to crack down on people smuggling rings transiting through here en-route to Australia.

Indonesia arrested the 29-year-old Afghani following a request from Canberra for his extradition. That deportation now seems likely, but by most accounts it will be a lengthy process and Abbas appears destined to remain behind bars for the foreseeable future while the Indonesian bureaucracy processes his case.

Read more in The Diplomat.


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