Elderly man jailed two years for smuggling illegal to the state


The accused (left) poses after the sentencing.

KUCHING: The High Court yesterday sentenced a 60-year-old man to two years’ jail, after he pleaded guilty to smuggling an Indonesian man into the state in June this year.

Baran Epit pleaded guilty to the charge after it was read to him by an interpreter before Judicial Commissioner Alexander Siew How Wai.

“The jail sentence will run from the date the accused was arrested on June 14, 2020,” said Siew.

Baran pleaded guilty to smuggling Andre Desheva, 20, from Indonesia into Malaysia through Kampung Biawak, Lundu at 6pm on June 14.

According to the fact of case, Andre entered the country via a ‘jalan tikus’ (rat lane) before he was picked up by the accused in a car.

Investigations revealed that the accused offered transport services to illegal immigrants entering Sarawak, which led to his arrest and charged under Section 26J of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act (Atipsom) 2007.

Earlier, Baran through his lawyer, appealed for a lighter sentence saying he was the sole breadwinner for his family.

“My client is already old and has committed his first offence. My client is applying for a minimum jail term to run from the date of his arrest,” said Muhamad Shahirun Azri Mohd Nordin from the National Legal Aid Foundation Sarawak.

Wan Imaan Ikhwan Wan Iskandar Mirza from Immigration Dept prosecuted.