2 men plead not guilty to human smuggling

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TWO Bruneian men claimed trial at the Intermediate Court yesterday after both defendants pleaded not guilty to the joint charge of attempting to smuggle three Indonesian nationals out of the country last year.

The court document stated that Esmidiade Bujang was charged with engaging in people smuggling, in which he is accused of arranging or assisting in the unlawful entry of Indonesian nationals, Malik and Juni Agus, into Malaysia on April 17, 2013.

Similarly, Sanawadi Sanaddin is accused of smuggling an Indonesian man, Sular, into Malaysia on the same day.

The penalty for people smuggling is a $1 million fine and a jail term of up to 30 years. Defence Counsel Hj Rozaiman Dato Hj Abdul Rahman is representing both defendants.

During the proceedings before Intermediate Court judge Pg Hjh Hanani Pg Hj Metusain yesterday, the deputy public prosecutor indicated that there would be 10 prosecution witnesses, including the three Indonesian men.

Both men have been released on a $20,000 court bail and two local sureties.

The Brunei Times