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Jakarta Post

Five named suspects for allegedly trafficking Rohingya

  • News Desk


Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31 2020   /  01:00 am
This handout photo taken and released on April 5, 2020 by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency shows a wooden boat carrying suspected Rohingya migrants detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi. - Malaysia on April 5 detained 202 suspected Rohingya Muslims who arrived illegally by boat, a top official said, raising fresh fears that people smugglers may be back in action. (Handout/Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency/AFP/-)

After four months of investigation, the Aceh Police have completed the dossiers and built the case against the illegal transportation of refugees from Myanmar. The police have named five suspects for allegedly trafficking Rohingya refugees to Indonesia in June. Data revealed by Aceh Police general crimes unit chief Sr. Comr. Sony Sanjaya during a recent media briefing showed that two of the suspects were identified as fishermen from East Aceh regency, another one was a woman from Medan in North Sumatra, and the other two people were of Rohingya ethnicity. The two fishermen were tasked with renting a small boat and picking up dozens of refugees from a large ship in the middle of the sea. The vessel initially brought around 900 refugees, the police claimed. “They put Rohingya refugees on a smaller ship which later broke,” Sony said on Tuesday, as quoted by ...