A Malaysian national was sentenced to over 20 months imprisonment and 3 strokes of the can for failing to pay a fine of over 64 thousand dollars. The Bandar Seri Begawan Magistrates Court imposed the penalty to 27-years old Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah with 7 charges.
3 charges under the Excise Order namely for having in possession the cigarettes, liquor and tobacco products without permission. 2 charges under the Customs Order for having chicken tails without permission. 1 charge for giving false information to Customs officers and 1 charge under the Immigration Act for overstaying. The accused pleaded guilty to all charges. Having cigarettes, liquor and tobacco products, he was imprisoned for 25 months after failing to pay a fine of sixty-four thousand two hundred dollars, "$64,200.00". The accused was also imprisoned for 4 weeks after failing to pay a fine of one thousand two hundred dollars, "$1,200.00" for having chicken tails without permission. Meanwhile, giving false information to the Customs Officer, he was sentenced to 2 months imprisonment. Overstaying was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and 3 strokes of the can. The accused was sentenced to 26 months imprisonment and 3 strokes of the can. For giving false information and overstaying, the sentence ran simultaneously.
Meanwhile, the Bandar Seri Begawan Magistrates Court has sentenced a penalty to Pengiran Haji Ibrahim bin Pengiran Haji Matahir for having 11 cartons and 5 packs of various cigarette brands. The items were found in a house in Kampung Salambigar, Jalan Muara. The accused was fined 9 thousand two 2 hundred dollars or 9 months imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine. The accused was given a period of up to 29th August this year to settle the fine.
Source: Radio Television Brunei