Indonesian Man Charged With People Smuggling

Indonesian man charged with people smuggling

Posted Mon Dec 8, 2008 2:24pm AEDT
Updated Mon Dec 8, 2008 2:38pm AEDT

Map: Perth 6000

Australian Federal Police have charged a 31-year-old Indonesian man with people smuggling.

The man, known as Pombili, is alleged to be the captain of a boat intercepted by Australia's Border Protection Command near Ashmore Islands on November 19.

Police say there were 12 people on board the vessel when it was intercepted, including a second crew member and 10 passengers.

The man was taken to Christmas Island before being transferred to Perth.

He has been charged with organising and bringing a group of non-citizens into Australia, an offence which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

He is due to appear in court in Perth today.