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Family pleads to Australia PM to release 16-year-old boy

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 6 2011   /  08:00 am

The family of Hadi Kurniawan, a sailor detained in Perth, Australia, have appealed to the Australian government to release him.

In an email sent to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Hadi’s brother Heriyandi called for charges against Hadi to be dropped.

Heriyandi said his brother should also be released because he was only 16 years old.

Ali Akbar Tanjung from the NGO Human Rights Working Group said Australia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, under which children below the age of 18 could not face a legal process.

“Hadi is still a minor. He was born in 1995 and only graduated junior high a year ago. We ask the court in Australia to reconsider charging Hadi,” Heriyandi wrote Thursday.

Hadi’s ordeal began in early June 2010, when he and 54 asylum seekers from the Middle East departed from Indonesia to Australia by boat.<...