Malaysian pleads guilty to human smuggling

|    Fadley Faisal    |


THE Intermediate Court has fixed July 7 for the sentencing of a Malaysian national who pleaded guilty to the charges of human smuggling.

Judge Muhammed Faisal bin Pehin Dato Haji Kefli heard from DPP Emily Goh, how Radiman bin Alidin, a 38-year-old wireman, had entertained three Filipino women at the Old Market in Labuan at 10am, on October 25, 2017.

The women requested for the defendant’s help in escaping from their employment as hostesses at a pub in Labuan.

The plan was set, and the defendant asked for RM1,300. He received a deposit of RM500 on October 24, 2017, a day before the women were brought into Brunei.

The defendant was also promised cash, electronics, watches and a power bank, if he could manage to bring the women into Brunei without using their passports that were held by their employer. The three women planned to find their own way of returning to the Philippines, once they had arrived in Brunei.

At 10.30am on October 25, 2017, the defendant and the Filipinos boarded a boat. During the journey, the women paid the remaining amount of RM800 to the defendant.

At noon, the boat arrived at the shores of the Serasa Beach, where the defendant left the women to be picked up by two Bruneian men.

The defendant then made a return trip to Labuan.

Authorities eventually discovered that the Filipino women had entered and stayed in Brunei illegally, leading to a search for the defendant.

A stop list on the defendant was issued, and he was finally detained on entering Brunei on May 25, this year.