– Indonesian police have arrested another alleged people smuggler as part of the most concerted effort in years to catch and lock up those who transport refugees by boat to Australia.
Alleged Iranian smuggling kingpin Mohammad Hadi, also known as Sayed Ali, was arrested with two accomplices at 2am on Monday in an apartment block in Jakarta.
His operation was exposed by a tip-off two weeks earlier from a group of refugees caught driving towards the coast of western Java.
Detective Bruce Sinai from the Banten police’s people-smuggling Taskforce, said Ali was identified after police stopped the bus-load of Iranians about two weeks ago.
The refugee pointed at a man in their midst, Habib Abdullah, as an organiser. Police arrested Habib who, in turn, named Ali as well as two other accomplices, Hussein bin Abdisaleh, and another known only as Hussein, as the main organisers. All three were arrested in the Monday morning raid.
Sayed Ali was being held in prison Monday in the town of Serang, Detective Bruce said, awaiting questioning.
His arrest comes as the number of boats containing refugees from Iran increases, including one that nearly sank two weeks ago. A number of active and energetic operators – most from Afghanistan and Pakistan – are still sending boats, including Aman Rezai, Hasan Ayub, Haji Ismail and the infamous Silkandar; whose boats often sink.
Sayed Ali’s arrest comes about 10 days after one of the country’s biggest alleged people smugglers, Billu, whose real name is Javed Mehmud Bhat, was also arrested. Billu is alleged to have been behind a boat which sank on June 21st last year with the loss of 96 lives.
Also in recent weeks, Australian citizen Qasem Ali was sentenced to six years prison for his people-smuggling activities.
The spate of activity suggests that, under pressure from the Australian government, Indonesian police are taking the offence of people smuggling more seriously.
Indonesia did not criminalise people smuggling until 2011, bringing in prison sentences of between five and 15 years.
The latest arrests come as budget cuts begin to bite the Australian Federal Police contingent in Jakarta, forcing them to cut two of their full-time officers – Michael Bachelard

About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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