May 16, 2013
An alleged people smuggler who is wanted to face charges in Australia says the Australian Federal Police (AFP) tricked him into infiltrating networks to work as an informant.
Indonesian prosecutors have argued that Sayad Abbas Azad should be sent to Australia to face 27 charges of people smuggling, relating to three separate asylum seeker boats.
There have been reports he was involved in a failed voyage in December 2011 that saw more than 200 people drown off the coast of East Java.
The 30-year-old Afghan man denies involvement and thinks he has been set up.
At the South Jakarta district court today, Azad’s lawyers said the list of charges against their client do not comply with the extradition agreement with Australia.
He says he worked as an informant for the AFP to provide information about people smuggling networks, but was later arrested after having infiltrated them.
Azad claims to have given the AFP information about smuggling networks in 2008 which he says led to the successful capture of a group of people attempting to leave eastern Indonesia bound for Australia.
His lawyers say he was paid in accommodation, money for food, and mobile phone credit.
Azad says that he was trapped and conned, and that he is now angry to be now facing extradition to Australia.
The case will continue on Monday.