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Foreign Minister Stephen Smith confirmed on Monday that authorities had taken into custody Abraham Lauhenaspessy, known as Captain Bram, who was discovered travelling with a group of Tamil asylum seekers stranded in Indonesia.
Abraham is said to have been paid by the 254 Tamils on board the vessel to bring them to Christmas Island, Fairfax newspapers reported.
He is described as having emerged as "a pivotal organiser of Indonesia's people-smuggling operations in 1999" and is said to have brought 1,500 asylum seekers to Australia illegally.
They may be a strain on our resources but it's not them who we should blame.
It's the lowlife scum like Captain Bram that need to be blamed and locked up.