Asylum seekers smuggled into Australia were told by the court that the captain wanted to stop the voyage and threatened the ship not to go.
Testimony was given in 2001 at the trial of Iraqi citizen Meissem Kamil Radi, who was accused of engaging in a syndicate of hundreds of people on a crowded and dilapidated boat known as SIEV-X. I was asked.
The plan included 421 smuggling attempts, 353 drowning, of which 146 were children.
Radi, 45, has not been charged with death, but faces one count of taking a group of non-citizens to Australia. Meanwhile, the two men have already been imprisoned for their involvement.
Quassy Al Majid, who escaped from the boat before passengers were at risk, told the Brisbane Administrative Court on Wednesday on a video link that the captain did not want to go to Australia.
The hearing was alleged that Mr Al Majid said in his statement that some people had provided money to the captain.
According to a statement read in court, the captain said he didn’t want money and the boat wouldn’t go to Australia.
Al Majid said he saw the captain’s Indonesian assistant hit his head, but the woman with the knife threatened to kill the captain if he did not continue his journey.
Almajid and his family boarded a fishing boat before the SIEV-X sank.
The proceedings against Radi suggest that the unlucky voyage played a “promoting” role before leaving Indonesia, federal prosecutor Daniel Karana said at the beginning of the hearing.
Some witnesses say he was there when the money was negotiated, but they remembered him “more consistently” as the organizer, Karana said.
Many of the complaints focus on managing logistics, such as buses between hotels and beaches.
Witnesses said they were taken by bus to a hotel in Sumatra, where they waited for the boat for days.
However, the man stayed on the hotel grounds as there were up to eight rooms for women and children only.
Radi surrendered two years ago after deciding to stop pursuing an appeal for surrender from New Zealand.
An arrest warrant was issued for him in the Magistrates’ Court in Brisbane in 2011.
However, the process was delayed as a New Zealand court, where he had lived with his wife and three children since 2009, debated his eligibility for surrender.
The trial will continue.
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