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Indonesian people-smuggling 'kingpin' goes on trial

Feb 01, 2017 - 10:18 PM

Abraham Louhenapessy is allegedly a notorious figure in the illicit trade that involves sending boatloads of migrants from Indonesia a staging post on long established people smuggling routes typically to Australia

ABRAHAM LOUHENNAPESSY. This picture taken in Serang on March 17, 2010 shows Abraham Louhenapessy, also known as Captain Bram, being escorted prior to a trial. File photo by AFP

Indonesia arrests notorious people-smuggler

Sep 23, 2016 - 9:21 PM

It is the third time in the past decade police have arrested Louhenapessy who reportedly brought more than 1 500 asylum seekers to Australia during many years as a key figure in the people smuggling trade

ABRAHAM LOUHENNAPESSY. This picture taken in Serang on March 17, 2010 shows Abraham Louhenapessy, also known as Captain Bram, being escorted prior to a trial. File photo by AFP

NATO deploys Aegean migrant naval mission

Feb 11, 2016 - 8:23 PM

The move follows a request this week by alliance members Germany Greece and Turkey for assistance in tackling Europe s biggest migrant crisis since World War II

STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to press as he arrives at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 10, 2016, at the start of a NATO defense ministers' council. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA

No denial: Australia mum on allegations it paid asylum-seekers to return to Indonesia

Feb 05, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Because it goes to the heart of operational activities I am not able to answer that question Australian Border Force operational commander Major General Andrew Bottrell said

THE UNWANTED. Rohingya migrants jump to collect food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter from a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Police say local politics could still be behind Bangkok blast

Sep 28, 2015 - 8:44 PM

Strong speculation has also centered on a link to militants or supporters of the Uighurs an ethnic group who say they face severe persecution in China

File photo by EPA/Barbara Walton

US human trafficking report notes 'indiscriminate' offloading in PH

Jul 30, 2015 - 8:13 AM

Immigration Chief Siegfred Mison admits the matter of offloading – deferred departure – is really a judgment call but adds that the bureau will do its work without fear or favor

Philippine citizens lining up at immigration counters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, May 5, 2011. Jay Directo/AFP

US human trafficking report backs Sereno-led court reform

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Some 52 volunteer courts are involved in the judicial experiment of the continuous trial system but the 2015 TIP report recommends the expansion of the system Courts need additional budget for this

'APPRECIATE INSTITUTIONS.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says Filipinos must appreciate institutions, and plan long-term to build a modern nation.

Thai police wrap up human trafficking probe

Jun 23, 2015 - 6:35 PM

A total of 120 arrest warrants is issued following the crackdown in early May So far 56 people are detained leaving 64 either on the run or unaccounted for

MANAS KONGPAN. Thai Senior Army Advisor Lieutenant General Manas Kongpan (C), who is allegedly involved in human trafficking of Rohingya migrants, is escorted by police officers as he turns himself in at the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, June 3, 2015. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

Malaysia-bound trafficking victims pose as PH missionaries

Jun 15, 2015 - 4:26 PM

The two victims who were rescued at the Cebu airport say Malaysian national Panisilyam Santiago promised them legal documents upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur

Australian PM refuses to deny people-smugglers were paid to turn back boat

Jun 12, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Indonesian authorities sare investigating allegations told to local police that the captain and crew of a boat carrying asylum seekers are each paid US 5 000 by an Australian immigration official to return to Indonesia

ABBOTT. Australian prime minister Tony Abbott speaks at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, May 25, 2015. File Photo by Lukas Coch

Malaysian involvement suspected in Thai smuggling ring: NGO

May 07, 2015 - 10:39 PM

The dead found in Thailand are believed to be migrants from Myanmar or Bangladesh