Bankrupt quizzed over foreign trips

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 23 Dec 2004

IPOH: A 36-year-old scrap metal dealer, charged with harbouring two illegal immigrants, was quizzed by a magistrate over how he could make overseas trips despite being a bankrupt. 

Magistrate Teoh Chin Chong questioned M. Thiyagarajan following an application by Immigration Department prosecuting officer Khairul Anwar Sulaiman for the court to impound the accused's passport as evidence showed he had gone to China and Thailand this year although he had been a bankrupt since 2003. 

Teoh then granted Khairul Anwar’s application for the court to impound Thiyagarajan’s passport to ensure the accused was present throughout the court proceedings later. 

Earlier, Thiyagarajan claimed trial to a charge of harbouring two illegal immigrants – K. Kannan, 52, and S. Sivalingam, 43, at 11.15am on Aug 16 at GKH Recycling Sdn Bhd in Jalan Silibin here. 

Teoh fixed bail at RM20,000 and set Jan 13 for hearing.  

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