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Corpun file 13001, Bandar Seri Begawan, 19 March 2004

Teen gets 6 months, 2 strokes of cane

By Rol Ezam

The Bandar Magistrate's Court yesterday sentenced a 17 year-old boy to 6 months imprisonment and two strokes of the rattan, after the youth pleaded guilty to two theft charges and causing damage to property.

The teen - who has been remanded since October 9 last year, after failing to find bailers - admitted to committing the offences in order to get money to buy drugs.

He pleaded guilty to stealing four 'Data Champs' sports rims, four 'Falken' car tyres, cash amounting to $900 from both a cash register and a drawer, and to damaging a door lock at Kedai Hasinah Restaurant, Kg Rimba.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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Corpun file 12998


Borneo Bulletin, Bandar Seri Begawan, 24 March 2004

Six immigration offenders await whipping

By Lyna Mohammad and James Kon

A foreigner being questioned during the immigration raid

The alleged immigration offenders waiting to be questioned at the Enforcement Unit of Immigration Department

A foreigner showing his travel documents to immigration officials

Six foreigners are serving jail terms ranging from 4-10 months while waiting to receive whipping for immigration offences since the amendment to toughen the Immigration Act was enforced on February 12 this year.

This was disclosed by Senior Chief Immigration Officer Tuan Jumat Hj Burut, to the Bulletin during the operation "Ops Buru 18" by the Enforcement Unit of the Immigration Department last Monday night.

He added that two illegal immigrants convicted under the Immigration Act 6 (1)(c) are also serving their jail terms of four and six months respectively and will be deported. The two will not be issued with work pass or any extension of visit pass in the Sultanate.

Monday night's operation was conducted in light of the upcoming celebrations which include the birthday of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the Asean Director General of Immigration Meeting, to flush out immigration violators.

The Asean Director General of Immigration Meeting will be held for the first time in the Sultanate and be hosted by the Immigration and National Registration Department.

On Monday night, with Team 1 headed by Acting Assistant Director of Immigration (Enforcement Section) Tuan Jumat Hj Burut and Team 2 led by Acting Chief Immigration Officer Pg Abd Rahman, the raiding parties conducted checks on rented houses in Sengkarai, Penanjong, Keriam, Tanjung Bunut Kanan, Mentiri and Delima.

Eleven foreigners comprising a Thai man, seven Bangladeshis and three Indian nationals were taken to the Enforcement Unit for questioning. Four of the foreigners holding short term work passes were issued with special passes for further screening, while an Indian national was compounded $100 under the Immigration Act 15 (1), for overstaying in the country for two days.

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Corpun file 13084


Borneo Bulletin, BSB, 30 March 2004

Foreigners whipped for illegal entry

By Liza Mohd

Two foreigners from Malaysia and Indonesia were sentenced to three strokes of the rattan after entering Brunei illegally through Limbang in search of 'kayu gaharu' or sandalwood.

Indonesian Andik Praseteo bin Setuanto, 22, and 25-year-old Malaysian Yulius Philips @ Mohd Ridwan bin Abdullah were sentenced to three months in prison by the Kuala Belait Magistrate's Court for entering Brunei without possession of a valid pass and for failing to produce their passports to an Immigration Officer.

The court heard that both defendants had entered Brunei through the jungle of Kg Madang, Limbang and proceeded to enter the Tutong area and stayed there for three nights before continuing their journey to Kuala Belait.

On 24 March this year, both defendants went to Buau Long House in Ulu Belait asking for direction back to Kuala Lurah. However the head of the long house stated that it would be a long journey and both decided to surrender themselves. They were then handed over to the Immigration Department for further investigation.

Both defendants were convicted of two charges under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act Cap 17 which carries minimum jail term of 3 months and mandatory whipping of not less than 3 strokes and Section 3(1) of the Passports Act, where both are liable to a fine of $5,000 and imprisonment of up to 3 years.


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Corpun file 13085


Borneo Bulletin, BSB, 31 March 2004

Indonesian jailed, caned for string of offences

By Malai FadleyRizal

An Indonesian man was sentenced to a total of 15 years in jail and 15 strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to having committed housebreakings, mischief and entering Brunei illegally before the High Court yesterday.

Meanwhile, an alleged accomplice of the defendant, a 38-year-old local named Bahadul Safri was discharged not amounting to an acquittal after the prosecution failed to accumulate ample evidence and withdrew the charges against him. However, the defendant, Baradu Jamal, 36, faced 11 charges of housebreaking by night in order to commit theft where he was sentenced to 3 years and 3 strokes of the cane for each of the charges.

The defendant faced one charge of committing mischief where he was sentenced to a year's jail and two strokes of the cane while a sentence of six months' imprisonment for the charge of entering the country illegally was also imposed on him. Baradu Jamal admitted to breaking into several houses in the country and stealing goods, and also that he had planned to commit the crime with a fellow countryman called Cari, before coming to Brunei in 2002.

Baradu also admitted that he had sold the stolen items ranging from mobile phones to jewelleries in neighbouring Limbang and would split the proceeds with Cari.

Prosecuting Officer Pg Nina Jasmine Pg Hj Bahrin told the court that none of the stolen items were recovered.

Judge Dato Paduka Steven Chong yesterday highlighted that the number of housebreaking cases has been on the rise and that the offence of housebreaking is a very serious crime which calls for severe sentencing in order to deter potential offenders from committing the felony.

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