SINGAPORE — Four Indonesian men have been arrested for illegally entering Singapore after they swam to the mainland from a boat in the waters off Tuas.
In a press release on Tuesday (13 October), police said the quartet were detected by Police Coast Guard (PCG) surveillance systems on Tuas Reclaimed Land last Friday at about 8.30pm.
Aged between 22 and 38, they were observed to have jumped off an unnumbered boat into the waters off Tuas Reclaimed Land before swimming towards the shoreline.
Officers from the PCG, Jurong Police Division, Gurkha Contingent, Special Operations Command and Home Team Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Unit then moved to intercept the four men, who were arrested within five hours.
Mawardin, 22; Hermansyah, 27; Fariduddin, 29; and Muhlis bin Dahlan, 38, were charged in court last Saturday with unlawful entry into Singapore under Section 6(1) of the Immigration Act, Chapter 133. The penalties for illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months and a minimum of three strokes of the cane.
The men have since been handed over to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority for further investigations.
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