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Criminal who masterminded kidnapping of two children wants to become an Australian citizen

A British-born man who helped master-mind the famous kidnapping of two children from Australia to Malaysia now wants to become an Australian citizen.

Brian Wickham, now 80, helped Prince Raja Kamarul Bahrin, a Malaysian politician abduct two children Iddin 9, and sister Shahira, 7, from Australia in 1992.  

Wickam was sentenced to 18 months jail in 1993 from his role in the plot to take the children from TV journalist Jacqueline Pascarl.

Brian Wickham, now 80, helped Prince Raja Kamarul Bahrin (middle), a Malaysian politican abduct two children Iddin 9 (pictured left), and sister Shahira, 7 (right), from Australia in 1992

Pascarl is now back in contact with her children and was invited to her daughter’s wedding in 2009, according to Malaysian media. 

In an interview with Prince Bahrin to air on a A Current Affair on Monday night, the Prince attack’s Australia’s lack of compassion.

 ‘Doesn’t Australia have any compassion for an old man like (Bryan)?’

Wickam (pictured) as sentenced to 18 months jail in 1993 from his role in the plot to take the children from TV journalist Jacqueline Pascarl nee Gillespie

Wickam (pictured) as sentenced to 18 months jail in 1993 from his role in the plot to take the children from TV journalist Jacqueline Pascarl nee Gillespie

Under Australian law, criminals who have been sentenced for one year in prison cannot become citizens of Australia. 

Wickham, who helped smuggle the children from northern Australia in a leaky boat, was also interviewed by the network. 

Asked what it was like to be on Australia’s most wanted list before he was arrested for the kidnapping in America, he said ‘very interesting’.  

Abducted son Idden, who is now grown up, also features on the program and described his journey in the world as ‘weird’.  

 ‘I’ve had a very weird life,’ he said. 

  

 



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