Saturday, August 13

Woman charged under atipsom

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SEREMBAN: The owner of a nursing home was charged at the Sessions Court here yesterday with trafficking three Indonesian women.

The accused, R Parameswary, 45, however, pleaded not guilty after the charges against her were read before Judge Junaidah Mohd Isa.

She was charged with trafficking Melan Zunia Haryati and Wahyuni for the purpose of exploiting them for forced labour at a nursing home in Taman Bukit Blossom, here, between 8pm and 10pm, July 15.

She was also charged with trafficking Sunarmi for the same purpose at a house in Taman Rahang, here, at about 8pm, Sept 12.

The charge was made under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 (ATIPSOM 2007) which provides for imprisonment up to 15 years and a fine.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurhafiza Haron suggested a bail of RM20,000 bail for each charge with one surety.

However, counsel John Fernandez, who represented the accused requested for a lower amount as his client suffered from diabetes and required intensive care.

The court allowed bail at RM8,000 for each of the first and second charges and RM5,000 for the third charge with one surety.

Junaidah also instructed Parameswary to report to the nearest police station on the 15th of each month until the case was settled, and required her to be present in court throughout the trial.

The court fixed Dec 6 for mention of the case and submission of documents and set Feb 21, 22 and 25 as the dates for the trial. — Bernama