Rubber tapper jailed for smuggling Ugandans into M’sia

Padang-BesarKANGAR: A Thai rubber tapper was sentenced to three years’ jail by the High Court here today for smuggling two Ugandan women into the country.

Judicial Commissioner Abu Bakar Katar handed down the sentence on Muhammad Romlee Arong, 40, who pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was ordered to serve his jail sentence from the date of arrest on March 24, 2016.

Muhammad Romlee, from Pattani, South Thailand, was charged along with Wan Ahmad Wan Hassan, 42, with smuggling the two Ugandan women – Joy Gladys Filly and Jacintah Nakabuye, both 34, – at the Padang Besar Customs and Immigration Complex at 7.45pm on March 24 this year.

They were charged under Section 26G of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, which provides imprisonment of up to 10 years or a fine, or both, if found guilty.

However, Wan Ahmad, from Kuala Kedah, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial to the charge.

The court set Nov 24 and Nov 25 to hear the case.

Earlier during mitigation, lawyer Rahmatullah Baharudeen, representing Muhammad Romlee, said his client was separated from his wife and was supporting two children.

Deputy public prosecutor from the Immigration Department Fazril Sani Mohamed Fadzil prosecuted.