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Trafficking F’pinas: Court affirms acquittal of man
Published on: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here affirmed the acquittal of a man from three counts of trafficking in three Filipinas for sex exploitation.

Judicial Commissioner Leonard David Shim dismissed the prosecution’s appeal against the Labuan Sessions Court’s decision to discharge and acquit Benedict Chai Jun Siang of the charges. 

The court in its ruling affirmed the decision of the Sessions Court Judge.

Chai was on Aug 11, 2017 was freed of the charges after his defence.

The charges stated that Chai allegedly trafficking two Filipinas aged 24 and 32 at 12.30pm on Sept 19, 2013 at MR2 Rancha-Rancha quarters in Labuan and another Filipina aged 23 at 12 noon on the same day at MR2 quarters, Jalan Bunga Dahlia in Labuan.

Chai was charged with Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 on each count.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Mohd Khairuddin Idris while Chai was represented by counsel Wan Kher Ching. – Jo Ann Mool

 


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