122 jailed, fined for immigration offences
Posted on June 23, 2012, Saturday
PAPAR: The Sessions Court here yesterday jailed and fined a total of 122 foreigners after they pleaded guilty to separate immigration offences.
Judge Azreena Aziz sentenced 81 men and 18 women to between four and five months’ jail for entering the state illegally.
The court also ordered 56 of the 81 men to be given a stroke of the cane.
Each of the accused was separately charged under Section 6 (1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/1963 which carries a fine not exceeding RM10,000 or a jail term of up to five years, or both and whipping not more than six strokes on conviction.
Eighteen men and three women were fined RM10,000 each, or in default between four and five months’ jail for overstaying.
They were convicted under Section 15 (1) (c) of the same Act which carries a fine not exceeding RM10,000 or a jail term of up to five years, or both on conviction.
Two men were jailed for eight months for having fake endorsement on their passports.
All the accused aged between 18 and 56 were arrested by police and Immigration Department officers in Sipitang, Keningau, Ranau, Kudat and in the city here between March 22 and June 14, this year.
The court also ordered them to be referred to the Immigration Department after paying the fine or serving the sentences for deportation.
Prosecuting officer Shaiful Izuat Abd Shani, Juachim Jacob Marcus and Norlyah Stoh from the Immigration Department prosecuted the cases.