– Australia’s most wanted people smuggler has been set free by an Indonesian court and granted his wish to return to his home in Afghanistan.
The South Jakarta court ruled late on Thursday that Sayed Abbas, 30, accused of being a smuggling kingpin, could not be extradited to Australia.
Chief judge Pranoto said Abbas could go free immediately. But as Abbas was hustled into a car outside the court, his lawyer said his client would be taken to the airport and deported to Afghanistan.
Abbas has made it clear this is his preferred outcome, saying: “Yes, I’m so happy going back to Afghanistan.”
The decision is a serious rebuff to the Australian government.
Abbas, who for most of the day covered the lower part of his face with a green scarf, complaining of a dental ailment, said he was happy with the verdict, and that he would take his Indonesian wife and child back home with him.
He had denied during the case, and again afterwards, that he was involved in the illegal movement of people to Australia, saying other people had used his name in their own operations. He also revealed he had once been an Australian Federal Police informant.
Judge Pranoto said the prosecutors had failed to make its case for extradition in three respects. First, the crimes of which Abbas was accused were not committed in Australia, the country that requested the extradition. Second, the crime of people smuggling did not appear on Indonesia’s list of those covered by extradition laws. Third, even if the crime had been proved, the Indonesian government would have needed to approve the extradition. It had not done so.
The judge also appeared sceptical that Abbas could have committed the crimes because he was in jail on an Indonesian conviction for people smuggling at the time.
It was the Australian police’s case that Abbas ran his operation from his cell in Jakarta’s Salemba prison.
Prosecutors told the court in May that he had charged between $US5000 ($5450) and $US10,000 per passenger for passage from West Java to Australia.
The Australian Attorney-General’s Department was not immediately able to comment – 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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