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Luck runs out for two immigration offenders


THE Magistrate’s Court recently sentenced a Malaysian man to 15 months’ imprisonment with a BND4,500 fine or face an additional three months’ jail in default, for illegal entry and entry while being barred.

The Royal Customs and Excise Department arrested Sapiee bin Mat, 61, for failing to produce his travel documents. The case was handed over to the Immigration department on November 5, 2018. Investigations revealed that the defendant had been prohibited from entering Brunei for a past conviction. He admitted that he entered Brunei via a mouse-trail through Limbang and into Kampong Lumapas on November 4, 2018.

He was stopped by patrolling Royal Brunei Police Force personnel who had suspected him of smuggling goods that day.

The police handed the case to the Royal Customs and Excise Department, who then handed it to the Immigration and National Registration Department.

Immigration prosecutor Adi Yusra bin Haji Adanan prosecuted the case, presided over by Acting Chief Magistrate Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar.

Meanwhile, an Indonesian man was also sentenced to 15 months jail with three strokes of the cane for illegal entry and entering while being barred.

Fredi Irsada, 31, was arrested by Immigration enforcement officers who were conductingOperasi Cantas JIPK 211/2018 at his house in Kampong Pengkalan Batu after midnight on November 5, 2018.

Investigations revealed that the defendant had been prohibited from entering the country since October 16, 2017 for a previous conviction.

The defendant told investigators he found his way in through the Sungai Tujoh Control Post without reporting himself to the Immigration officer on duty at the border on March 15, 2018.

Immigration prosecutor Pengiran Norarffin bin Pengiran Haji Hashim prosecuted the case, presided over by Acting Chief Magistrate Pengiran Masni.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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