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The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013

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18 NT NEWS. Friday, July 12, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -J U L -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 1 8 C O L O R : C M Y K Defiant Abbas says he will beat charges By KARLIS SALNA From2008until now Im in the jail, what time I send boat? JAKARTA: Alleged peoplesmuggling mastermind Sayed Abbas insists hes not the head of a syndicate that sent hundreds of asylum seekers to Christmas Island, as Australian authorities seek justice. Abbas, accused of being one of the most notorious people smugglers to operate out of Indonesia in recent years, is wanted in Australia on 27 charges, the most serious of which carry 20-year jail terms. The charges relate to three boats that were intercepted en route to Christmas Island between 2009 and 2011. He has always denied being a people smuggler, insisting he is a victim of mistaken identity, although he has also claimed to have worked as a paid informant for the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Speaking as he arrived at the South Jakarta District Court yesterday, appearing gaunt and with his face shrouded by a scarf, the 30-year-old Afghan national insisted he was innocent, challenging authorities in Australia to prove otherwise. If I go to Australia, not can prove I am smuggler, he said from his cell. How can prove? From 2008 until now Im in the jail, what time I send boat? However, authorities do suspect him of having organised a number of boats even while in prison over the past two years on immigrationrelated charges. He is also believed to have been behind sending a boat which sank in December 2011 in the Sunda Strait, leaving as many as 200 people dead. Still, Abbas said the Australian case against him would fail. I will fight. In here, Australia, he said. Initial efforts to get Abbas almost completely unravelled two years ago when the Indonesian Justice Department and Australian authorities were caught out when he was released from jail despite being the subject of an extradition request. He was arrested again in August 2011. If the court rules in favour of his extradition, its expected he could be in the hands of Australian authorities within weeks. WORLD l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Crash pilots instruction: no evacuation LOS ANGELES: The pilot of the Asiana Boeing 777 which crashed in San Francisco told attendants not to begin evacuating passengers in the chaotic immediate aftermath of the accident, air safety officials say. Deborah Hersman, head of the National Transportation Safety Board, said cabin crew had sought guidance from the cockpit after Saturdays crash, which left two people dead and more than 180 injured. Pilots initially told flight attendants not to begin evacuation procedures, Ms Hersman said. It was only after cabin staff alerted the cockpit to the fire that the order was given to begin evacuation. We dont know what the pilots were thinking, she said. Victims look on as Boston bombing suspect pleads not guilty Tsarnaev BOSTON: Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty on all charges related to the April attacks, some of which could carry the death penalty. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev, making his first court appearance, entered the federal courtroom in Boston in hand cuffs, shackles and wearing an orange jumpsuit. Not guilty, the 19-year-old ethnic Chechen Muslim, a natu ralised US citizen, said repeatedly as the 30 counts against him were read out at the arraignment, which lasted seven minutes. The room was packed with emotional victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, some of whom needed canes to walk. Also in the courtroom were many journalists and a few people who identified them selves as friends of Tsarnaev, who is accused of carrying out the attacks, which left three people dead and more than 260 wounded. Seventeen of the counts against him are punishable by the death penalty or life imprisonment. The attacks stunned Amer ica with scenes of carnage and chaos at one of the countrys premier sporting events. The bombs were packed with metal fragments to cause maximum damage, and several people lost one or more limbs. Tsarnaev is accused of plotting and carrying out the attacks with his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan, who died in a shootout with police as the pair tried to escape the Boston area several days later. He is also charged in connection with the shooting death of a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during the brothers getaway attempt. Heavy floodwaters sweep through Beichuan in southwest Chinas Sichuan province Picture: AFP Floods and landslides carving path of destruction BEIJING: Flooding in western China, the worst in 50 years for some areas, has left seven people dead and 48 missing, with more than half a million others forced to evacuate or otherwise affected, the government reported yesterday. The early arrival of Chinas rainy season has caused havoc across not only the west, but also parts of the countrys north, with 1.6 million people affected since Sunday and thousands of homes damaged, officials said. An unknown number have been killed nationwide. The casualties in the west included two people confirmed dead and 21 missing in a massive landslide outside the city of Dujiangyan in Sichuan province. Mudslides and flooding are common in Chinas mountainous areas, killing hundreds every year, but in some areas these floods are already the worst in half a century. Also in the west, more than 2000 people were rescued af ter being trapped for several hours on Wednesday in a highway tunnel between Dujiangyan and Wenchuan the epicentre of the Sichuan earthquake five years ago. Bridges have been closed and train service suspended. Bus plummets down a ravine LIMA: At least 16 people have been killed and another 15 injured when an inter-city bus plunged into a ravine in southern Peru, police say. We have recovered 16 bodies and another 15 people were injured, police officer Jose Paredes said from Huancavelica, the region in Perus Andean south. The cause of the latest deadly crash was under investigation, Mr Paredes said. On July 1, a bus fell into a ravine outside the capital city Lima, killing 19 people and injuring 15. Highway fatalities occur regularly in the Andes, where crowded buses travel along narrow, twisting and ill-paved roads. Smoking still king-size killer WASHINGTON: Despite public health campaigns, smoking remains the leading avoidable cause of death worldwide, killing almost six million people a year, the World Health Organisation says. If current trends hold, the number of deaths blamed on tobacco use will rise to eight million a year in 2030, the WHO said. About 80 per cent of tobacco-related deaths forecast for 2030 are expected in low and middle-income countries, the report added. Among the dead this year, five million were tobacco users, while more than 600,000 died from secondhand smoke, said the WHO.