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Indonesian ‘people smuggler’ found on board

October 19, 2009

The Age : People-smuggler arrested on Tamil boat

A PEOPLE-SMUGGLING kingpin has been found among Tamils on a boat they are refusing to leave at an Indonesian port, potentially bolstering efforts to disrupt a wave of illegal arrivals in Australia.

Abraham Lauhenapessy, known as Captain Bram, has brought more than 1500 asylum seekers to Australia since he emerged as a pivotal organiser of Indonesia’s people-smuggling operations in 1999.

Lauhenapessy duped the Tamils, who paid a total of $US4 million ($A4.3 million) to be taken to Australia’s Christmas Island, apparently because he wanted to avoid arrest in Australian territory where he would face up to 20 years in jail.

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