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Accused people smuggler in Perth court after extradition from Indonesia

Accused people smuggler Ahmad Zia Alizadah is escorted through Perth airport on his way to court. AAP
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An accused people smuggler who was extradited from Indonesia on Thursday has faced court in Perth but his case had to be adjourned because no interpreters were available.

Afghan man Ahmad Zia Alizadah appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday on charges of coordinating four illegal boat arrivals involving more than 260 people and payments of up to $10,000 US per person dating back to 2010.

Because no Farsi or Indonesian interpreters were available, magistrate Martin Flynn remanded Alizadah in custody until Monday.

The Commonwealth prosecutor told the court that the Australian Federal Police “strongly opposed” bail.

Alizadah is the ninth person extradited to face people smuggling charges in Australia since 2008.

Australian Federal Police on Thursday flew him to Perth from Jakarta.

In a statement on Friday Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the extradition showed the strength of the relationship between Australian and Indonesian police.

They said Indonesian authorities had recently made a number of arrests for people smuggling offences and Australia appreciated Indonesia’s “determined efforts to bring people smugglers to justice”.

“In reality, any attempt to reach Australia illegally by boat will fail, and we remain committed to pursuing the criminals organising these people smuggling ventures,” the ministers said.

They said it had been more than 1000 days since a successful people smuggling venture reached Australia.