Bangladeshi jailed for conveyance of smuggled people

Fadley Faisal

The Intermediate Court handed a jail sentence of three years and six months to a 38-year-old Bangladeshi man found guilty after a trial on a charge of conveying smuggled people on Wednesday.

Md Ali Ullah was also ordered to settle a BND5,000 fine or risk serving an additional two months’ jail.

Judge Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar was satisfied with the evidence put forward by Prosecutor Khalilah binti Hussin.

A brief of the case in the court’s findings stated that the defendant transported two Bangladeshis whom he had picked up from Tutong Bus Station to the Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam’s Inland Container Depot in Sungai Tujoh last February.

The court disbelieved the defendant’s defence of not having suspected the two Bangladeshis he had transported had the intention to smuggle themselves out of Brunei.

The court also found that the defendant assisted the conveyance of the smuggled people to gain financial benefit as he was paid a sum.

Defence counsel Robin Cheok represented the defendant.