Man faces hu­man traf­fick­ing charges

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA KANGSAR: A plan­ta­tion man­ager pleaded not guilty in the mag­is­trate’s court here yes­ter­day to 15 counts of traf­fick­ing in lo­cals for forced labour last month.

The charges were read to L. Ga­nis, 43, be­fore mag­is­trate Noorhi­dayah Mohd Saad.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, Ga­nis is ac­cused of traf­fick­ing in nine males and six fe­males in­clud­ing two chil­dren, aged be­tween 13 and 66, for the pur­pose of labour ex­ploita­tion, us­ing threats and vi­o­lence.

He al­legedly com­mit­ted the of­fences at Ladang Kop­erasi Ke­lapa Sawit Sdn Bhd in Ke­cil Kroh district, Belukar Se­mang, Kam­pung Tasek Pengkalan Hulu, at 12.10am on Feb 26.

The charges were pre­ferred un­der Sec­tions 12, 13 and 14 of the Anti-Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons and Anti-Smug­gling of Mi­grants Act 2007.

Noorhi­dayah set March 27 for men­tion at the Kuala Kangsar Ses­sions Court.

In the same court, Ga­nis also pleaded not guilty to a charge of be­ing as­so­ci­ated with a se­cret so­ci­ety.

He has a sym­bol of a coin bear­ing the num­ber 04 tat­tooed on his right thigh.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge, Ga­nis had a tat­too linked to the Wah Kee se­cret so­ci­ety at the com­pound of the Pengkalan Hulu dsitrict po­lice head­quar­ters at 4.45pm on March 15.

He was charged un­der Sec­tion 52(3) of the So­ci­eties Act 1960, and the court fixed April 18 for sub­mis­sion of doc­u­ments at the Pengkalan Hulu mag­is­trate’s court. Ber­nama

PIC BY MUHAIZAN YAHYA

L. Ga­nis be­ing led into the Kuala Kangsar mag­is­trate’s court yes­ter­day.

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