Jakarta’s smuggle law years away
Stephen Fitzpatrick and Mark Dodd; 12/3/10; (2 Items)
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s promise to introduce laws punishing people-smuggling with five-year jail terms was largely for political effect and could be years from being passed, it was claimed yesterday. The proposed penalty backs down significantly from the 10-year sentences Australia believed as recently as late last year to be on the table. Addressing the Australian parliament this week, Dr Yudhoyono said his government would “soon introduce to parliament a law that will criminalise those involved in people-smuggling (and) those found guilty will be sent to prison for five years”.
Evidence on detention centre riot in doubt
Paige Taylor’ 12/3/10
Prosecutors are unsure whether they have sufficient evidence against 11 asylum-seekers charged over a riot inside the Immigration Detention Centre on Christmas Island in November. The commonwealth revealed its uncertainty about the case at the Christmas Island courthouse yesterday when the nine Sri Lankan men and two Afghanis made their first appearances to answer charges of taking part in a riot and wielding weapons, including a chair. They all pleaded not guilty after arriving under guard in a minibus from the Phosphate Hill detention compound.