Jakarta: “People smuggling has become a big business here”


The Jakarta Globe reports:

Many of the foreigners, mostly from the Middle East, have lived in the area for years, often arriving in the country by boat.

Adj. Comr. Dedy Kusuma Bakti, the Cianjur Police chief, added that they tended to be ostentatious in their spending and socializing, generally keeping up a high profile that did not fit in with their claims of seeking asylum from repressive conditions back in their home countries.–LIVIN’ LARGE IN MALANG (Tim Blair)

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2 thoughts on “Jakarta: “People smuggling has become a big business here””

  1. Do Somali pirates/terrorists have Human Rights?

    Does Human Rights law mean that if you are not the ring leader but you are part of the crime gang you should be let of lightly?

    That if you are a poor, simple Indonesian fisherman,you should be let off lightly?

    That first time offenders and low-culpability crew should not be charged with offences, if the offences carry a mandatory sentence?

    That because it is not a violent crime ( although the activity is dangerous as we have seen),you will receive a minimum light sentence and sent home after that?

    “punishment fit the crime” but you were part of the people smuggling gang-why should if you are poor or if the village you come from is impoverished make any difference? It’s not as if you did not know what was happening or what you were doing?

    Without you the ringleaders could not have committed the crime.

    What do they want? A slap on the wrist?
    Bonang Darius Magaming, who was 20 when he crewed a boat carrying 52 asylum-seekers in 2010, was sentenced to five years in 2011 under the commonwealth’s Anti-People Smuggling and Other Measures Act.
    His lawyer argued the mandatory sentence was unconstitutional, because prosecutors had the ability to exercise judicial power by deciding which of the two offences to use.

    His lawyer also argued that the prescribing of mandatory sentences was incompatible with the institutional integrity of the courts.

    Human Rights Law Centre spokesman Daniel Webb said international human rights law required that the punishment fit the crime.
    “Mandatory minimum sentences for young cooks and deckhands from impoverished fishing villages won’t stop people-smuggling. These kids are not the ringleaders,” Mr Webb said.


    The High Court has dismissed an appeal against a mandatory minimum sentence imposed under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth). The Human Rights Law Centre is disappointed by the decision in Bonang Darius Magaming v The Queen, which reveals gaps in human rights protection in Australia’s laws.

    The HRLC’s Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, Rachel Ball, said the mandatory sentencing requirements of the Migration Act prevent judges from exercising common sense or discretion.
    “The mandatory sentencing regime has resulted in cooks and deckhands being jailed for a minimum of five years, with a three year non-parole period. It violates human rights, it’s expensive and it’s likely to have no impact on people smuggling,” said Ms Ball.

    In this case, the sentencing judge, Chief Judge Blanch, said that it was “perfectly clear that [the appellant] was a simple Indonesian fisherman who was recruited by the people organising the smuggling activity to help steer the boat towards Australian waters”. Chief Judge Blanch said that, in the ordinary course of events, “normal sentencing principles would not require a sentence to be imposed as heavy” as the mandatory minimum sentence.
    Mandatory sentences for people smuggling offences contravene the prohibition on arbitrary detention and the right to a fair trial contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

    “Human rights principles require that the punishment fit the crime, but mandatory sentencing prevents the Court from differentiating between serious and minor offending and from considering the particular circumstances of the individual,
    “The Attorney General, George Brandis QC, has flagged his intention to identify and review Australian laws that violate fundamental rights and freedoms. Mandatory five years terms for fishermen from impoverished Indonesian villages fits that bill,” Ms Ball said.

    1. Muslim ‘rights’ always supersede those of the infidel accuser. Although Aussie jails are like luxury accommodation for Indo peasants who work as people smugglers it is still seen as far too cruel. It is the same with the rotten boats they land on our shores, if we burn them the Indo’s are up in arms complaining that we are taking their livelihood away.

      It works:

      Tamaskan tatamakan = “Show a victim’s face, and you will take over”.

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