Turn-back policy ‘will stop the boats’, says people smuggler.
A convicted people smuggler believes the Abbott government’s hard-line policy of turning back the boats is working as a deterrent for both people smugglers and those seeking passage by boat to Australia.
Dawood Amiri spoke to Fairfax Radio’s Neil Mitchell by phone from his jail cell in an Indonesian prison and claimed corrupt Indonesian police, immigration officials and navy personnel were aiding and profiting from the people smuggling trade.
The Afghan national said people smugglers and their clients were being put off by the prospect of being turned back at sea by the Royal Australian Navy
Asked if he believed the Abbott government’s controversial policy of “turning back the boats” would work, Amiri replied: “Of course it will work, it is working.
“It will stop the boats from Indonesia to Australia”, he said.