By Emma Victoria
TWO Indonesian men have been sentenced to five years in prison for illegally bringing in a foreigner to Sarawak.
The High Court in Kuching handed out the sentence after the duo, Danial Paulus, 26, and Jack Peok, 18, pleaded guilty before Judge Datuk Zaleha Rose Pandin to the offence.
The judge granted their request to serve their sentences at the Sri Aman Prison, according to a Borneo Post report.
The two foreigners were charged with illegally bringing in Andre Desheva, 20, via a section about 1,500m away from the Sarawak-Kalimantan border at Kampung Biawak cemetery area in Lundu on June 14, at 6pm.
According to the facts of the case, Danial and Jack were asked by a friend – also an Indonesian – to smuggle in a migrant for a payment of RM50 each.
The two then met up with the migrant at Arau, Indonesia and later guided him through the forest until they reached Kampung Biawak.
Upon arrival at the border, they continued their journey in a car – this was where they were apprehended by the enforcement officers from the Malaysian Immigration Department, who were conducting Ops Kerengga at the time.
Danial and Jack, both unrepresented, were each charged and convicted under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) Act 2007, which provides for imprisonment not exceeding 15 years or a fine, or both, upon conviction.
In mitigation, the two Indonesians told the judge that they had committed the crime out of desperation.
However, DPP Wan Imaan Ikhwan Wan Iskandar Mirza from the Immigration Department stressed on the severity of the offence as it involved border security and thus, strict punishment must be imposed.