By Dorcas Ting
KUCHING, Dec 7: The High Court here sentenced a school goer and his friend to five years’ imprisonment for smuggling an Indonesian into Sarawak.
The 18-year-old accused and Jack Peok, 26, were charged under Section 26A of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code.
They pleaded guilty to the charge.
Judge Zaleha Rose Pandin accepted their guilty plea and sentenced each of the accused to five years’ imprisonment.
According to the facts of the case, the Indonesian migrant was smuggled from Indonesia to Malaysia via an ungazetted route by both the accused.
Both accused were asked to smuggle the migrant by an Indonesian with pay of RM50 each. They met the migrant in Arau, Indonesia. They smuggled the migrant into Malaysia by walking through the forest route from Arau, Indonesia to Biawak.
They were charged with smuggling Andre Desheva, 20, at Kubur Perkampungan Biawak, 1,500 metres from the Malaysia-Indonesia border, at about 6pm on June 14, 2020.
DPP Wan Imaan Ikhwan Wan Iskandar Mirza prosecuted while both the accused were unrepresented by counsel. — DayakDaily