5 Feb 2011

Man to stand trial after fatal explosion

9:06 am on 5 February 2011

An Afghan man has been committed to stand trial in Darwin over an incident aboard an asylum seeker boat that exploded, killing five people.

Arman Ali Brahimi is facing two charges of obstructing a Commonwealth official while aboard SIEV 36 in April 2009.

The boat exploded after a fire was deliberately lit. Five Afghan men died and 40 others were injured.

The accused resisted two Australian Defence Force personnel as they tried to confiscate a lighter from him on the boat.

In court on Friday, Magistrate Greg Cavanagh said there was sufficient evidence for Mr Brahimi to stand trial.

The ABC reports bail was granted and he will face the Supreme Court in Darwin next month.