Federal officer testifies in people smuggling case

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Last Update: Wednesday, April 7, 2004. 6:19pm (AEST)

An Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer has told a Brisbane Court he made no attempt to investigate claims an Indonesian immigration official was on the payroll of alleged people-smugglers.

Federal agent Andrew Bruce Warton was giving evidence at the committal hearing of Khaleed Daoed.

Daoed is accused of helping to organise the voyage of the Siev X which capsized en route from Indonesia to Christmas Island in 2001 with the loss of more than 350 lives.

Mr Warton told the court he became involved in the subsequent investigation last year.

Daoed's lawyer Walter Sofronoff QC asked Mr Warton about witness accounts of an Indonesian immigration official's involvement and whether any attempt was made to investigate the claims.

Mr Warton said 'no' and he was not aware of any investigation by anyone else in the AFP.

The hearing has been adjourned until July.

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