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Indonesian crew: Australia paid to have migrants taken away

Indonesian crew: Australia paid to have migrants taken away

A group of Indonesian citizens have claimed they received thousands of dollars from Australian authorities to transport 65 people from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar back to Indonesia following their failed attempt to bring the asylum seekers to Australian shores.

Last month, five Indonesian men were heading to Australia to transport the migrants in their boat when they were intercepted by an Australian Navy ship. After being questioned by Australian authorities aboard the ship, the asylum seekers, along with their Indonesian accomplices, agreed to return to Indonesia.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir, meanwhile, said Indonesia was concerned that if such payments were happening, they could encourage human trafficking.

Bangladeshi Nazmul Hassan, one of the asylum seekers on the boat, said the Australian Navy had given them two new boats, fuel and food to return to Indonesia after undergoing questioning onboard their Navy ship.


Updated : 2021-09-26 02:08 GMT+08:00