People Smuggling: 'Titanic' Promise

A court's heard people smugglers promised an Iraqi family they'd sail on a ship like The Titanic to Australia ... where refugees are welcomed.

Mildura man Abbas Allami's pleaded not guilty to aggravated people smuggling ... accused of working for an international syndicate.

Iraqi refugee Kadhim Al Shareeda says the smuggling group offered to take his family of six, including four young daughters, from Indonesia to Australia on a ship for $US15,000.


"They portrayed it like the Titanic," he told the Victorian County Court on Thursday.

"A touristic ship equipped with a GPS, satellite, everything."

The family, seeking to escape dangers in Iraq, first travelled to Turkey by bus.

From there they made contact with the group that allegedly offered to take them to Australia from Malaysia, via Indonesia.

"(They) said Australia is a safe country. They will receive you in the sea (sic) ," Mr Al Shareeda said, aided by an interpreter.

"They will be welcoming you to you because they need refugees."

Allami is charged with aggravated people smuggling, accused of trying to facilitate the family's entry into Australia.

Mr Al Shareeda and his family have recently been released into community detention in South Australia.

The trial continues.


Image: Supplied

You may also like...

Irymple Library Model

Irymple Library Model

An alternate library service model for Irymple will be looked at during this week’s council meeting. A report to Mildura council is recommending...

Lock Your Cars: Police

Lock Your Cars: Police

Police are again pleading with people to lock their cars and take valuables out.   It comes after an amount of cash was stolen from an...

Search for Missing Man John Brian Smythe

Search for Missing Man John Brian Smythe

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Mildura man John Brian Smythe.   John, who goes by Brian, was last seen...

Recognition For Local Volunteers Tonight

Recognition For Local Volunteers Tonight

Around 30 locals are being recognised tonight as part of Vision Australia's Volunteer Appreciation evening. Vision Australia says there are five...