Duo charged with smuggling

Detained: The ship’s crew being taken to court.

PONTIAN: Two foreigners – the captain of a ship and a crew member – have been charged with smuggling cigarettes worth RM47.1mil into the country early this month.

Myint Aung, 55, a Myanmar national, and Singaporean Seah Tien Lye, 48, pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out to them before Magistrate Nur Azzuin Abdul Moati.

The two men were charged yesterday with committing the offence on board the ship MV Chita, three nautical miles south-west of Pulau Kukup in Johor at 8.15pm on March 8.

The court allowed them bail of RM20,000 with two local sureties each and also ordered them to report to the nearest police station every Monday until disposal of the case.

They were also ordered to surrender their passports to the court, which set April 21 for mention.

Meanwhile, the charge against the nine other members of the crew on board the ship, who are aged between 22 and 46, has been postponed to April 21 to enable the court to get a Burmese interpreter as they do not understand Malay and English.

Deputy public prosecutor Dewi Jasmine Amalina Ahmad prosecuted the case, while the two accused were represented by lawyers Mohd Hamizi Mohd Yusof and Ahmad Khairuddin Khalid. — Bernama

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