Archipelago

Police name four suspects
over Cianjur boat sinking

The West Java Police have named four Indonesians as suspects behind the illegal immigrants’ boat sinking case. These men were accused of facilitating around 200 asylum seekers to get into a boat that sank off the coast of Cianjur regency, West Java while on route to Christmas Island in Australian waters.

National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said on Friday that the police investigators were still trying to define the respective roles of the suspects in this case.

"We have found strong indications that some of them acted as coordinators, and the others loaded the immigrants onto the boat," Agus said.

He said up to this point the police discovered 15 deceased passengers and saved 189 passengers. He added the remains had been brought to the Kramat Jati Police General Hospital in Jakarta for
post-mortem examination.

“Right now we are examining DNA samples, dental records and finger prints, so that we provide give complete information to their respective embassies later on,” he said.

As for the survivors, he went on; right now they were placed in numerous shelters in Cianjur and Sukabumi, West Java. A boat containing 204 illegal immigrants from Bahrain, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq and Sri Lanka sunk off the coast of Cianjur  en route to Christmas Island to seek  asylum.(dic)

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