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Removing logs from reserve: Indon to know fate Sept 25
Published on: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A 33-year-old Indonesian will know on Sept 25 whether he has a case to answer on a charge of removing 21 logs from forest reserve in Nabawan.

Sessions Court Judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad fixed the date for Lukman Sulaiman when the prosecution closed its case after calling eight witnesses.

Lukman is accused of removing the logs from the Batu Punggul Kelas IV forest reserve at 11am on Nov 4, 2016.

The offence under Section 20(2) of the Forest Enactment 1968 carries a jail term of between a year and 20 years and a fine of up to RM500,000, on conviction.

Prosecuting Officer Peter Jack Osmond from the Forestry Department conducted the prosecution while counsel Ram Singh defended Lukman.

In another court, two Filipinas were fined RM600 or spend a month in prison each for breaching the condition on their passports.

Serlina Datte, 36, and Meli, 28, pleaded guilty before Sessions Court Judge Elsie Primus to committing the offence at 11.55am on June 13 at the Yee Fung Laksa Sdn Bhd, in Jalan Gaya, here.

Another Filipina who admitted to enter the State illegally was sentenced to six months' jail.

Siti Zainab Jali was arrested and found entering the State without valid documents at 12.55pm on May 25 at the Telipok town, near here.

After paying their fines or serving jail sentences, all the Filipinas were ordered referred to the Immigration Department. They were also ordered to be blacklisted to enter the State.

Prosecuting Officer Juachim Abel from the Immigration Department appeared for the prosecution. - Cynthia D Baga

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