Prostitution charges dropped, court orders immediate release of suspects
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
TWO Chinese women were released yesterday after prosecution dropped the prostitution charge against them.
The two women, who are in their mid-20s, were remanded last week pending investigation into the charge of loitering at Kiulap Plaza hotel on December 29, for the purpose of prostitution.
The penalty carries a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment that may extend up to one year.
Among the investigation included further statement from the defendants; information from the Immigration Department on their social visit pass; and retrieve information from their mobile phones from IT Forensic Unit of the Royal Brunei Police.
Part of the investigation was also to locate the person who had made reservations for the room where the defendants were found and they also need to retrieve to the CCTV recordings from the hotel.
During the proceedings yesterday before senior magistrate Lailatul Zubaidah Hj Mohd Hussain, deputy public prosecutor Didi-Nuraza Latiff applied for the charge against the defendants to be withdrawn not amounting an acquittal after they looked through the investigation papers on the case.
The court granted the application and ordered for both women to be released immediately.
The Brunei Times