22 Apr 2013

Crown to appeal people smugger accused decision

2:44 pm on 22 April 2013

The Crown has confirmed it is appealing against a High Court decision that allowed a man, accused of being behind a boat trip in which hundreds of people drowned, to remain in New Zealand.

Maythem Radhi is wanted by Australian authorities to face trial over people smuggling charges after a boat sank off Indonesia in 2011, killing more than 300 people.

He is accused of being one of the key organisers of the trip, which had been heading for Australia.

Earlier in the year, a High Court judge refused to extradite him, because the maximum sentence for the crimes was only three months in New Zealand, and a sentence of more than a year is required for extradition.

Crown lawyer Christine Gordon, QC, says no date has been set yet for the appeal.