Trials of People Smugglers in Indonesia: 2007-2012

Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society Policy Paper, No. 1, pp. 1-53

28 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2013

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Melissa Crouch

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Antje Missbach

Monash University

Date Written: May 14, 2013

Abstract

This policy paper addresses the critical need for greater knowledge and understanding of how the contemporary Indonesian legal system is dealing with people smuggling. It primarily presents the findings of a survey of court cases from May 2011 to December 2012, in the first year and a half of the operation of Law 6/2011 on Immigration. The paper identifies patterns in court cases in terms of the location of people smuggling operations, profiles of the accused, the criminal charges laid against them, and the severity of penalties handed down by the courts. The paper argues that any efforts to increase the scope and depth of such cooperation between Australia and Indonesia must take into account the progress made by, as well as the challenges confronting, law enforcement agencies in prosecuting people smugglers in Indonesian courts.

Keywords: Indonesia, people smuggling, criminal law

Suggested Citation

Crouch, Melissa Amy and Missbach, Antje, Trials of People Smugglers in Indonesia: 2007-2012 (May 14, 2013). Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society Policy Paper, No. 1, pp. 1-53. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2264696

Melissa Amy Crouch (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Antje Missbach

Monash University ( email )

23 Innovation Walk
Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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