Suspected foreign people smugglers arrested in Indonesia

August 19, 2013

Asylum seekers are helped from the water after being rescued off the coast of Cidaun.

Asylum seekers are helped from the water after being rescued off the coast of Cidaun.

The ABC has been told Indonesian police have arrested three foreigners over last month’s asylum seeker boat tragedy.

They are suspected of organising an asylum seeker boat that sank in rough seas last month off Cidaun on the south west coast of Java.

A contact in Indonesia’s people smuggling task force says they have arrested three men – an Iranian called Naseem, an Iraqi called Abu Yunus and a Sri Lankan called Sinniah Vamadevan.

There were about 211 people on board the vessel when it sunk, with 189 survivors found.

Authorities had already arrested five Indonesians who were allegedly involved in organising the boat and getting the passengers aboard.

The latest three suspects to be arrested are being questioned by police in west Java.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-19/an-suspected-foreign-people-smugglers-arrested-in-indonesia/4898140

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