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Nine Stopped At Brisbane Airport Pretending To Be Media

One man faces court

Nine Stopped At Brisbane Airport Pretending To Be Media Bne.com.au

A man has faced court charged with people smuggling after nine Indian nationals, who were reportedly claiming to be journalists covering the Commonwealth Games, were detained at Brisbane International Airport.

Rakesh Kumar Sharma, 46, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday accused of an aggravated offence of people smuggling and an aggravated offence of false documents.

Australian Border Force officers arrested him as part of a group of nine Indian nationals at the airport on Wednesday night.

Defence lawyer Axel Beard told the court Sharma would be applying for bail but he asked for the matter to be adjourned so a Hindi interpreter could be brought in.

He was remanded in custody until April 6.

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