88 illegal foreigners were sentenced to prison

PONTIAN: 88 illegal immigrants (PATI) from six countries were brought before the Magistrate’s Court near here, on charges of entering the country without valid documents and overstaying.

All the illegal aliens involved pleaded guilty after the charges were read separately in front of Magistrate Fatimah Zahari.

All the immigrants involved, consisting of 73 men and 15 women from Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, aged 19 to 56, were detained in a series of operations by the Johor Immigration Department from December 12 to January 19.

57 of them, including 10 women, allegedly did not have valid documents when they entered Malaysia.

They were charged according to Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and punished according to Section 6(3) of the same act.

Conviction can result in a maximum prison sentence of 5 years or a fine of RM10,000 or both and caning.

The court sentenced all the accused to 3 months imprisonment effective from the date they were arrested.

The remaining 32 PATIs, including 5 women, are accused of staying over the allowed time period.

They were charged under Section 15(1)(c), Immigration Act 1959/63 and punished under Section 15(4), the same act.

Conviction can result in a maximum prison sentence of 5 years or a fine of RM10,000 or both.

The court then sentenced them to prison between two days and six months.

The prosecution was handled by the Prosecuting Officer of the Johor Immigration Department, Sarvena Giman, while all the accused were not represented by lawyers.

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