Sen­tences the heav­i­est in Im­mi­gra­tion his­tory: DG

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KUALA LUMPUR: Two Bangladeshis were sen­tenced to 20 years’ jail and four Malaysians fined RM480,000 by the ses­sions court on Wed­nes­day for al­low­ing 24 il­le­gal im­mi­grants to en­ter and stay in their premises.

Im­mi­gra­tion direc­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri Musta­far Ali said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that th­ese sen­tences were the heav­i­est penal­ties in the his­tory of the Im­mi­gra­tion’s prose­cu­tion.

The court sen­tenced four Malaysians un­der Sec­tion 55E(1) of the Im­mi­gra­tion Act 1959/63, read to­gether with Sec­tion 34 of the Pe­nal Code, for which they are li­able to be fined RM480,000, fail­ing which they would face a nine-year jail term.

The two Bangladeshis were charged un­der Sec­tion 55E(1) and Sec­tion 6(1)(c) of the Im­mi­gra­tion Act read to­gether with Sec­tion 34 of the Pe­nal Code.

The duo were charged with guard­ing the premises and giv­ing pro­tec­tion to the 24 il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

“All the ac­cused were found to have knowl­edge that all those, who where brought into Malaysia are il­le­gal im­mi­grants as stip­u­lated un­der Sec­tion 8 of the Im­mi­gra­tion Act 1959/63,” he said.

Musta­far said a team from the en­force­ment unit had raided an un­named multi-storey build­ing in Jalan Hang Lekiu, Kuala Lumpur, re­cently and ar­rested 24 il­le­gal im­mi­grants from In­dia, Bangladesh and In­done­sia.

“The Im­mi­gra­tion pros­e­cut­ing of­fi­cer has suc­cess­fully proven a prima fa­cie case against the six men, where they were own­ers and care­tak­ers of the premises and had a com­mon in­ten­tion to al­low the 24 il­le­gal im­mi­grants to live there.” he said.

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