KOTA BARU: A police corporal was charged in the Sessions Court here with two counts of smuggling 29 Myanmar migrants last month.
However, no plea was recorded from Syed Shaifful Amri Syed Solihuddin, 38, after the charges against him were read out before judge Mohd Zul Zakiqudin Zulkifli yesterday as the case is under the High Court’s jurisdiction.
On the first count, he was charged with smuggling 13 Myanmar nationals comprising seven men and six women in a van in front of the Kelantan Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department headquarters in Tunjong here at 1.30am on Jan 16, reported Bernama.
On the second count, Syed Shaifful Amri was accused of smuggling 15 men and a woman from Myanmar at a homestay in Jalan Pintu Geng Hulu, here, on the same date.
The charges were framed under Section 26B (d) of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, an offence under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, which carries a minimum sentence of five years in jail or life imprisonment and whipping, if convicted.
Nursyafiqah Mohamad was deputy public prosecutor, while the accused was unrepresented.
In a separate case, a policeman and a nurse died after the motorcycles they were riding collided head-on in Jalan Tun Sardon in Balik Pulau, Penang.
Kpl Muhammad Zohair Dzulkefle, 44, was travelling from Relau to Balik Pulau while Norsyazwani Roslan, 30, was heading in the opposite direction when the accident happened at 6.40am yesterday.
A police spokesman said Muhammad Zohair, from the Barat Daya district police headquarters transport branch, died on the spot of serious head and body injuries.
“Norsyazwani, who worked in Hospital Bertam, suffered serious injuries and died at about 10am at Hospital Balik Pulau,” he said.