Man Charged Over People Smuggling Offences

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6 May 2009 



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Man charged over people smuggling offences


A

32-year-old Iranian man will face Sydney Central Local Court today

after being arrested by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for allegedly

facilitating people smuggling activities. 


Police will allege in court that the man was involved in a Thai-based

syndicate which assisted persons to enter Australia illegally.


The investigation began in January 2009 after an air cargo package

from Thailand was intercepted by Australian Customs and Border

Protection and was referred to the Department of Immigration and

Citizenship and the AFP.


The package contained a USB holding approximately 450 images of

passports, scanned passport photos and other details, such as names

and passport numbers. 


AFP investigations revealed a large number of these passports had

been reported stolen by Interpol. 


The man was arrested yesterday, with a search warrant executed by

AFP agents in Surry Hills a short time later.


The man was charged with taking part in the bringing or coming to

Australia of a non-citizen, under circumstances from which it might

reasonably have been inferred that the non-citizen intended to enter

Australia, contrary to section 233 (1) (a) of the Migration Act 1958.


The maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years imprisonment,

and/or $110,000 fine.


 


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