Thai national charged with failing to declare Malaysian currency
Posted on August 4, 2012, Saturday
KANGAR: A Thai national was charged with failing to declare and importing RM100,000 into the country without Bank Negara approval.
Wittaya Pata, 27, was allegedly in possession of the Malaysian currency in various denominations at the Padang Besar Immigration Complex passenger cars checkpoint, about 1pm on April 16, 2011.
He was charged under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 and Customs Act 1967.
He faces a fine of up to RM1 million or maximum of one year prison upon conviction of the first charge.
Whereas the second charge is punishable with a fine of not less than 10 times and not more than 20 times the currency amount or three years jail or both, upon conviction.
Both the charges were heard in the Sessions Court due to the magistrate’s absence yesterday.
Customs assistant director Abdul Malik Awang Kechik prosecuted while Loo Yook Khin appeared for the accused.
Judge Azman Ahmad set bail at RM12,000 with two local sureties for each count and ordered Wittaya to report to the Customs office once a month.
Remention was fixed for Sept 11. — Bernama