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Harbouring Filipinas at hotel: Man charged
Published on: Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A 53-year-old businessman was charged with allowing 19 illegal immigrants, including a man, to remain in his premises.

Tay Leong Hee (pic) pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz to the charge against him, Tuesday.

He is accused of permitting the Filipino and Filipinas aged between 21 and 55, who did not have any valid documents to stay at the second floor of the Promenade Hotel in Lorong Api-Api, here at 8.44pm on Nov 23 this year.

The offence under Section 55E(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 provides for a fine of between RM5,000 and RM30,000 or jail term of up to a year, or both, on conviction, for each illegal immigrant involved.

Azreena set Jan 10 next year for case management and April 5-6 to hear the case.

Tay was released on a bail of RM50,000 with RM30,000 deposited in two local sureties and his passport, if any, to be impounded by the court until the disposal of his case as well as report to the nearest police station once a month.

Prosecuting Officer Hamisah Puteh from the Immigration Department appeared for the prosecution while Counsel Datuk Chau Chin Tang defended Tay.

In the same court, a Filipino claimed trial to continuing staying in the State after his passport has expired.

Alcrite Bravo Mission allegedly continue to stay in the State after his passport had expired for four months and 23 days.

His case management was fixed for Jan 10 and no bail was offered.

Alcrite, who represented by counsel Adrian Cham, requested that medication be provided for him as he is suffering from hypertension, which was granted by the court. - Cynthia D Baga

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