CANBERRA, Australia – The Australian government says an Iranian national extradited from Indonesia is to appear in a Sydney court charged with people-smuggling offenses.
The government said in a statement Thursday that Mohammad Naghi Karimi Azar on Wednesday became the eighth alleged people smuggler to be extradited from Indonesia to Australia since 2008.
Azar faces 43 charges of people smuggling in the Sydney Central Local Court, an offence that carries a minimum five-year sentence and a maximum of 20 years.
There has not been a successful people-smuggling venture from Indonesia to Australia in more than two years.
Australian border protection ships turn back boats carrying asylum seekers from the Middle East, Asia and Africa who pay people smugglers to bring them to Australia.