Afghan people smuggler jailed in Perth

March 09, 2018

People smuggling kingpin Sayed Abbas has been sentenced to 12 years in jail in WA. (file).

An Afghan man who played a major role in organising the transport of more than 200 asylum seekers from Indonesia to Western Australia has been sentenced to 12 years in jail.

Sayed Abbas, 35, made travel arrangements for the passengers, who arrived on three overcrowded boats in 2009 and 2011, and took payments from each ranging from $5000 to $10,000.

Abbas, who was imprisoned in Indonesia before being extradited to WA, was ordered in the District Court of WA on Friday to serve at least seven years and three months in jail.

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