Three fined RM49,500 for stealing agarwood from forest reserve

Indonesian Hassan, Gomgom Manurung, Laurensius Molo being led into courtroom by police at the Kota Tinggi Sessions Court.

KOTA TINGGI: Three Indonesian oil palm plantation workers pleaded guilty in the Sessions Court here to stealing agarwood and entering a forest reserve without a permit.

In the first charge, the accused, identifed as Hassan, 43, Gomgom Manurung, 33, and Laurensius Molo, 31, are said to have been in possession of agarwood at the Mersing forest reserve on May 22 this year.

They were charged under Section 84(1) of the National Forestry Act 1984 for illegal possession of forest produce, which carries a fine of up to RM50,000 or a maximum five years' imprisonment or both.

Hassan, Manurung and Laurensius were charged separately under Section 47(1) of the same Act for entering the forest reserve without a permit.

They pleaded guilty to both offenses after the charges were read out before judge Salawati Djambari.

Salawati then fined each of them RM15,000 in default 15 months' jail for the first charge and RM1,500 in default five months' jail for the second offence.

DPP Noor Dayana Mohamad prosecuted the case while Aziz Shukor represented the accused.

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