Men fined for evading to pay excise duty for liquor

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Magistrates’ Court yesterday imposed a total of $8,500 fines on three men for evading to pay more than $1,000 in excise duty for liquor, wine, beer and cigarettes.

On May 14 this year, the Royal Customs and Excise Department conducted two separate raids in the Brunei-Muara district for suspected customs offence.

During the raid at Jalan Bebatik Kilanas, customs officers seized a total of 230 bottles of liquor and wine of various brands that were kept throughout the house.

Rayner Tan Yong Wei, resident of the house, was brought in for questioning on May 16.

Upon investigation, Rayner admitted that he purchased all of the seized items during his travels from Singapore, Malaysia, Sungai Tujoh, Bali, Hong Kong and in the Philippines. The 36-year-old defendant added that the seized items belonged to him and his family.

Meanwhile at a rented house in Kg Selayun of Orlando Jr Joaquin Galang, 52, customs officers seized 12 bottles of liquor, beer and wine after a raid for suspected illegal storage of alcohol.

Orlando, during the investigation, admitted that the liquor belonged to him as he had purchased it in Limbang, Malaysia and at a Duty-Free shop in Singapore. The alcoholic drinks, according to Orlando, were meant for his own consumption.

On November 24, 2013, customs officers at the Kuala Lurah Control Post detained Hj Kamerul Ariffin Hj Abdul Rahman, 44, after they seized 24 cans and five bottles of beer and five cartons of cigarettes following an inspection on a car driven by the defendant.

During the investigation, Hj Kamerul Ariffin admitted that he was aware that bringing in the cigarettes and beer he purchased in Limbang, Sarawak without permit was in contravention with customs regulation.

During the proceedings yesterday, the Magistrates’ Court imposed a $2,000 fine on Hj Kamerul Ariffin while Rayner was imposed a $6,000 fine and Orlando was fined $500.

The Brunei Times