Notorious people smuggler extradited to Australia

A man accused of earning more than $2 million dollars by people smuggling has been brought to Australia to face court.

Afghan national Ahmad Zia Alizadah was extradited from Indonesia yesterday and is accused of smuggling more than 200 asylum seekers on boats.

Police will allege Alizadah co-ordinated four illegal boats to arrive in Febuary 2010.


He was arrested by Indonesian police in 2015, but Indonesian Prime Minister Joko Widodo only approved his extradition last month.

Australian Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton believes Alizadah to be a significant player in people smuggling operations.

Alizadah is the ninth person to be extradited to face people smuggling charges in Australia since 2009.

A joint media statement released last night by Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton and
Justice Minister Michael Keenan claimed people smuggling “can only be tackled through hard work and cooperation with our international partners”.

“Indonesian authorities have recently made a number of arrests for people smuggling offences, demonstrating Indonesia’s strong contribution to disrupting and dismantling the people smuggling trade.

“Australia values and appreciates Indonesia’s determined efforts to bring people smugglers to justice.

“It has been more than 1000 days since a successful people smuggling venture reached Australia.”