| Siti Hajar |
A BRUNEIAN youth who was found with dozens of cartons of cigarettes recently was produced before the Magistrate’s Court in the capital yesterday to face charges of having in his possession goods that he had not been taxed for.
A total of 224 cartons of illegal contrabands were seized form 23-year-old Muhammad Azidie Hj Hasnan. He faces a penalty of a fine not less than six times the amount of the excise duty or $40,000, whichever is the lesser and of not more than 20 times the amount of excise duty or $40,000, whichever is the greater. If the amount of excise duty cannot be ascertained, the penalty may amount to a fine not exceeding $40,000.
The defendant, who was found with the cartons of cigarettes within the vicinity of Kg Saba Darat ‘B’, had pleaded not guilty to the offence and the case will be heard again on October 22.