The husband and wife were accused of smuggling illegal foreigners

 A husband and wife were charged in the Sessions Court here, today, on charges of being ‘transporters’ for the smuggling of 10 migrants, last month.

 The accused, Kamarulzaman Abd Wahab, 60, and Supiani, 54, only nodded in understanding as soon as the charge was read out before Hakim Intan Nurul Farena Zainal Abidin.

 However, no confession was recorded from the accused because it was under the jurisdiction of the High Court.

 According to the charge, they were jointly charged as the operator of a Nissan Serena type vehicle that was found to be transporting 10 smuggled Indonesian migrants namely Agus Wiyono, Gunawan, Yode @ Wahyudi Ahmad, Salim, Indra Abdi, M. Sabri @ Muhamad Sabar, Ahmad Lukman, Gimin  , Lutfi, and Suparman.

 They are alleged to have committed the act at Jalan Batu 12, Jalan Bagan Datoh, Hutan Melintang, at 5.30 am, last November 29.

 Those who work as restaurant assistants are charged with committing an offense punishable under Section 26J of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 and read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code which provides for a maximum prison sentence of five years, or a maximum fine of RM250,000 or both  , if convicted.

 The prosecution was handled by Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohamad Nazreen Zabarudin, while the two accused were not represented by lawyers.

 The court determined that no bail was offered to the two accused and the case was re-mentioned on February 27 next for case management and for the case to be transferred to the High Court.

 On December 12, 10 Indonesian migrants transported by the married couple were charged under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for entering Malaysia illegally at the Teluk Intan Magistrate’s Court, and were sentenced to four months in prison from the date  arrest and one whipping each.

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