Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Earth Science News .




DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Australian police arrest suspected people smugglers
by Staff Writers
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Aug 30, 2013


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Australia's national police force arrested five suspected people smugglers in coordinated dawn raids in four states.

The five men, from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, were arrested in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales states.

The raids and arrests were part of Operation Delphinium, a year-long investigation involving more than 100 Australian Federal Police officers, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Assistant Commissioner Steve Lancaster, the Australian Federal's national operations manager, told a news conference the men are "key players" in several major international people smuggling rings.

The men are suspected of being "actively involved" in recruiting and financing as many as 132 boatloads of people to Australia, Lancaster said.

They face fines as high as $10,000 and 10 years in jail if convicted of people smuggling and dealing in the proceeds of criminal activities, ABC reported.

The men, mostly in their 30s, appeared in court in several states soon after being arrested.

The arrests brought the number of alleged people smuggling organizers charged by police since 2009 to 26, Lancaster said.

Lancaster also said AFP had received around 200 tips from communities and more arrests are likely.

"There are two clear messages here," Lancaster said.

"It will impact on those that are involved in those syndicates, no doubt, and [the arrests] will guarantee there will be further arrests made. From a deterrence perspective, this isn't the end.

"If you are a significant people smuggling organizer, you likely are known to us," he said.

The arrests come in the run-up to a federal election Sept. 7 in which political parties have tussled over what to do with ever-increasing numbers of illegal boat people arriving in Australian territorial waters.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is hoping to retain power despite opinion polls showing his Labor Party slipping in popularity behind the main opposition Coalition group led by the National Liberal Party.

Rudd's Labor party has done deals with Papua New Guinea and the Micronesian island republic of Nauru to allow construction of refugee detention centers to house Australia's asylum seekers arriving by boat.

The government also has had talks with the Indonesian government to have Indonesian police and maritime patrols come down harder on people-smuggling activities. Many of the smugglers' boats set off from Indonesia, bound for Australia's Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

Australia's treatment of 46 detained asylum seekers was the focus of a damning report published last week by the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

The report said Australia must release the 46 detainees, who have been held for more than four years, and compensate them for their time in detention.

The U.N. report also found Australia guilty of nearly 150 violations of international law over the indefinite detention of the 46, The Age newspaper reported last week.

The federal government should provide the 46 asylum seekers with rehabilitation and compensation, the report concluded.

.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





DISASTER MANAGEMENT
U.N. condemns Australia's treatment of refugees
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Aug 23, 2013
The United Nations Human Rights Committee said Australia must release 46 asylum seekers who have been held for more than four years and compensate them for their time. The demand is contained in a U.N. report that found Australia guilty of nearly 150 violations of international law over the indefinite detention of the 46 refugees, The Age newspaper reported. The report is one of ... read more


DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 is a bid in the shadow of Fukushima

Italy says Syria crisis to worsen refugee problem

Australian police arrest suspected people smugglers

Malaysia arrests hundreds of suspected illegals

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Space Laser To Prove Increased Broadband Possible

Computer Simulations Indicate Calcium Carbonate Has a Dense Liquid Phase

Creating a Secure, Private Internet and Cloud at the Tactical Edge

Sticking power of plant polyphenols used in new coatings

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Indian Ocean paradise island beset by shark controversy

Carbon-sequestering ocean plants may cope with climate changes over the long run

Where can coral reefs relocate to escape the heat?

Sea-level rise drives shoreline retreat in Hawaii

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Arctic Sea Ice Update: Unlikely To Break Records, But Continuing Downward Trend

West Antarctica ice sheet existed 20 million years earlier than previously thought

Sea ice decline spurs the greening of the Arctic

Warming Antarctic seas likely to impact on krill habitats

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Crop pests moving polewards through global warming

New Zealand wants answers on milk 'botulism botch-up'

Cattle ranching goes green in the Brazilian Amazon

Study: Ogallala Aquifer being drained by U.S. farmers

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Monster tsunami could devastate California: study

Global sea level rise dampened by Australia floods

Forecast: September may set record for latest first Atlantic hurricane

6.5 quake hits southern Guatemala: USGS

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Defence chiefs meet over DR Congo conflict

Kenyan soldiers kill al-Shabaab guerillas

Kenya looks east, signs $5-bn China deals

South Sudan arrests general for rights violations

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Researchers reveal hunter-gatherers' taste for spice

Building better brain implants: The challenge of longevity

Researchers say human foot not unique, more like those of great apes

Archaeologists find evidence of separate Neanderthal cultures in Europe




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement