Indonesian people smugglers to be deported from Aust

21-May-2012 Intellasia | | 7:01 AM Print This Post

Three Indonesian people smugglers will be deported, after being released from a Western Australian prison.

Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon ordered a review of the cases of 24 Indonesian prisoners over concerns they could have been minors when they were caught.

It followed pressure from the Human Rights Commission and the Indonesian government to consider additional evidence that could prove they were minors.

The review found sufficient doubt over the ages of the three prisoners who were released on Friday from Albany Regional Prison.

They will be deported to Indonesia to return to their families.

The chair of the Indonesia Institute, Ross Taylor, says some of the prisoners have already spent several years in jail, and the doubt had been there all along.

“What’s been disturbing is how slow our federal government has been,” he said.

The other remaining cases are still being reviewed.


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