Venue change to accommodate 17 detainees from gambling bust

Fadley Faisal

A total of 17 detainees from a recent gambling bust were produced before the Magistrate’s Court yesterday to face charges.

They were found to have allegedly played in a common gaming house at Jalan Tungku, Kampong Mata-Mata Gadong at 10.45pm on February 6.

However, to observe distancing, the courtrooms at the Supreme Court building were used instead.

The defendants were Vietnamese nationals except for a Malaysian man and permanent resident woman.

The Malaysian man, represented by lawyer Rozaiman bin Abdul Rahman, asked to be released on bail, citing his over 30 years of stay in the country with business interests in a local partnership and property.

Senior Magistrate Azrimah binti Haji Abdul Rahman denied the application as the case is still in its early stages.

Prosecutor Nurul Husna binti Abidin also objected to the bail application and informed the court that other than the need for a Vietnamese interpreter, further investigations need to be conducted before pursuing the defendants’ pleas, and more time is needed for the logistics as there are too many defendants, thus necessitate splitting them into two groups for remand.

The court adjourned the case to February 11 for further mention.

The defendants are: Pham Van Ky, 50; Cao Xuan Duong, 54; Pham Van Duy, 43; Malaysian Khoo Soon Lye, 56; Tran Van Trung, 53; Nguyen Van Ninh, 53; Ha Hoc Duong, 46; Nguyen Van Ngoc, 27; Nguyen Van Diep, 31; Permanent Resident Nurlaili binti Abdullah @ Nguyen Thi Ngoc Ha, 35; Nguyen Thi Thuyen, 42; Duong Van Dung, 43; Dao Trong Dung, 31; Nguyen Van Muoi, 48; Nguyen Thi Theu, 51; Nguyen Thi Vu, 41; and Trinh Duy Nang, 36.