S’pore cops nab Bangladeshi trying to swim to Malaysia

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PETALING JAYA: Singapore authorities arrested a Bangladesh national on Tuesday for attempting to flee the country and into Malaysia via the Johor Straits.

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Singapore Police Force said today that the 30-year-old man had been first spotted swimming towards the water pipeline that runs alongside the Causeway, TODAY Online reported.

ICA and the police said the man was fleeing the country to avoid facing prosecution for having overstayed in Singapore.

Once the authorities saw he had made it to the water pipeline, they went into action and estimated his location, before nabbing him. He was said to be hiding underneath the pipeline.

ICA and police officers also arrested two accomplices, both Bangladesh nationals, who were acting as his lookout.

According to the report, the two men, aged 34 and 37, had been found by patrol officers in the vicinity of the Causeway and were stopped during a routine check.

The swimmer faces a maximum of six months in jail and a minimum of three strokes of the cane for having overstayed in Singapore.

The report added that his accomplices face a jail term of between six and 24 months, and a fine of up to S$6,000.