02 March 2011

Melbourne couple fined for assisting illegal Australian immigration

A Melbourne couple who used their passports to facilitate the illegal entry into Australia of three Iraqi citizens have been sentenced in a Melbourne court.

Australian Immigration

An Australian Immigration Department investigation has resulted in the conviction of a Melbourne couple.

Zena and Sievan Gharib were found guilty in the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court of providing another person with their travel documents, with the intent they would use them to enter the country illegally.

Mr Gharib was sentenced to seven months’ imprisonment to be served in the community, as well as ordered to pay a bond of $5000, while Mrs Gharib was fined $7500.

Mr and Mrs Gharib were charged in 2010 with providing their travel documents to Iraqi nationals, allowing them to enter Australia when not entitled to do so.

During sentencing, the magistrate commented on the high standard of work undertaken by Australian Immigration investigators compiling and presenting the evidence that ultimately led to the convictions.

“Part of the success of this case is due to the strong relationship between our department and other agencies including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Federal Police and Melbourne Airport,” an Australian Departmental spokesman said.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australian Visa application with the Australian Embassy

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