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Indon to enter defence
Published on: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A 33-year-old Indonesian was ordered to enter his defence on a charge of removing 21 logs from the forest reserve in Nabawan.

Sessions Court Judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad ordered Lukman Sulaiman to enter his defence,n Wednesday.

The court ruled that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against Lukman.

Lukman is accused of removing the logs from the Batu Punggul Kelas IV forest reserve at 11am on Nov 4, last year.

The offence under Section 20(2) of the Forest Enactment 1968 carries a jail term of between a year and 20 years and a fine of up to RM500,000, on conviction.

The prosecution had called eight witnesses during the hearing which was conducted at the Sessions Court in Keningau.

Prosecuting Officer Peter Jack Empah from the Forestry Department conducted the prosecution while counsel Ram Singh and Timothy Daut defended Lukman.

In another case, 14 people, six of them men, were jailed four and five months for entering the State illegally.

All of them aged between 19 and 50, pleaded guilty before Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz to entering the State without valid documents.

Five of the men were also handed a stroke of the cane.

They committed the offence under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/1963 which provides for a fine of up to RM10, 000 or a jail term of up to five years or whipping, on conviction.

They were arrested in different places at Papar, Manggatal, Penampang and the city recently.

After completing their jail sentence, the court ordered them referred to the Immigration Department for deportation.

Chief Inspector Lim Swee Beng prosecuted. - Cynthia D Baga

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