Accused Quassey may be deported next week
4 January 2003

It could be another week before Indonesia deports alleged people smuggler Abu Quassey and Australia has a chance to arrest the man accused of sending more that 350 asylum seekers to their deaths.

The Egyptian Embassy in Jakarta has already issued travel documents to Quassey so he can return to his homeland after his release from an Indonesian jail on Wednesday.

But a final decision on the timing of his deportation is up to Indonesian immigration authorities who have to issue an exit permit.

Quassey remains in an immigration detention centre in Jakarta, where he has been held since his release from prison after serving a six-month sentence for visa violations.

Australian Justice Minister Chris Ellison said on Monday, "We will not relent in the pursuit of Abu Quassey. We will never give up."

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