Indonesian, Filipino fishermen get four months' jail, whipping for entering Sabah illegally

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KOTA KINABALU: An Indonesian and four Filipinos, all fishermen, were sentenced to four months’ prison and one whipping each by the Sessions court today for entering the state illegally. Kuyong Elmen, 35, Dalis Elmen, 30, Dami Elmen, 25, and Marsel Saleng, 21 from the Philippines, along with Beni Sukardi, 33, from Indonesia pleaded guilty to the offence under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act. Judge Azreena Aziz also ordered the accused to be referred to the Immigration Department. According to the charge sheet, all accused were found to have entered the country without legal passes or permits. They were accused of committing the offence at the waters near Tanjung Munongtong in Sepanggar here on Aug 12 at 3am. They were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurun Nazifah Muhammad Iyen prosecuted. Four of the accused, namely, Kuyong, Dalis, Marsel, and Beni, also faced charges under Section 15 (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 at the Magistrate’s court. They were accused of taking methamphetamine drugs at the same location, day and time. No plea was taken from the accused and Magistrate Afiq Agoes fixed Sept 24 for mention pending chemist report. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd