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COVID-19 Brunei: Local woman charged for alleged dine-in services despite MoH’s orders (2020)

BY Fadley Faisal

A 62-year-old local woman was produced in the Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday to face a charge of an offence under Section 62A(2) of the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204, for failing to comply with the direction issued by the Ministry of Health (MoH) not to serve dine-in services.

This is the first prosecution brought under the new amendments of the Infectious Diseases Act.

She is alleged to have offered dine-in services to members of the public at a flat in Mabohai on March 21, two days after the MoH direction was announced. Deputy Public Prosecutor Shamsuddin bin Haji Kamaluddin applied for the charge to be read and for the defendant’s plea to be recorded. The defendant requested for a Mandarin interpreter.

Chief Magistrate Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar granted her request and adjourned the case to today. The defendant was released on court bail of BND2,000 or in one local surety.

The Attorney General’s Chambers also reminded the public of the MoH’s direction for food and beverage establishments not to serve dine-in customers to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Sultanate.

Failing to comply with MoH’s direction will result in a fine not exceeding BND10,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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