Brunei shows zero tolerance for human smugglers

James Kon

The Government of Brunei Darussalam is clamping down on human smugglers, following the enforcement of the Prevention of People Smuggling Order 2019, under the purview of the Immigration and National Registration Department at the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Information on the law to deter people smuggling was displayed on a banner at the Immigration and National Registration Department’s exhibition booth during its open day event at The Mall, Gadong yesterday.

For the offence of people smuggling under Section 5 (1) of the Order, the convicted offender faces a fine of not more than BND1 million for each smuggled person, with imprisonment of not more than 30 years and caning.

For exploiting, torturing, endangering, injuring and causing death to smuggled individuals under Section 5 (2) of the Order, the convicted offender faces a fine of not more than BND1 million and not less than BND6,000 for each smuggled person, imprisonment of at least four years and not exceeding 30 years, and five strokes of the cane.

For the offence of forging travel or identity documents in order to facilitate people smuggling under Section 6 of the Order, the convicted offender faces a fine not exceeding BND50,000, or imprisonment of not more than 10 years, or both.

For facilitating the stay of smuggled persons under Section 7, convicted offenders will face a fine of up to BND1 million and imprisonment of not more than 30 years, as well as a caning.

Under Section 8, anyone found guilty of concealing or harbouring smuggled persons and people smugglers will face a fine of not more than BND50,000, imprisonment not exceeding 30 years and a caning.

Under Section 9, anyone who provides support for people smuggling will face a fine of not more than BND50,000, imprisonment not exceeding 30 years and a caning.

For transporting smuggled persons under Section 10, the convicted offender will face a fine of not more than BND50,000, or imprisonment of not exceeding 10 years, or both.

Other offences which incur severe penalties include obligation of the owner of conveyance; attempts, abettment and conspiracy; offences by corporate bodies; facilitating the commission of people smuggling; and providing financial services for purpose of people smuggling.

To report violations under the Prevention of People Smuggling Order 2019, the public can contact 8734888/8753888.