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Alleged people smuggler extradited to Aust

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July 14, 2017

An alleged people smuggler accused of sending over 200 asylum seekers to Australia will face court.

An alleged people smuggler has been extradited from Indonesia to Australia to face prosecution.

Ahmad Zia Alizadah, reported to be Afghan, is the ninth person extradited to face people smuggling charges in Australia since 2008.

Australian Federal Police on Thursday flew him to Perth where he's expected to face court on Friday on 10 people smuggling offences from 2010.

In a statement on Friday Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the extradition showed the strength of the relationship between Australian and Indonesian police.

They said Indonesian authorities had recently made a number of arrests for people smuggling offences and Australia appreciated Indonesia's "determined efforts to bring people smugglers to justice".

"In reality, any attempt to reach Australia illegally by boat will fail, and we remain committed to pursuing the criminals organising these people smuggling ventures," the ministers said.

They said it had been more than 1000 days since a successful people smuggling venture reached Australia.

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