Friday, August 21, 2009

1 guilty, 3 others claim trial to human trafficking charges

KOTA BARU: A labourer pleaded guilty while three others claimed trial at the Sessions Court yesterday to two charges human trafficking.

Sahaidi Salleh, 43, who was jointly charged with his two sons and a family friend, pleaded guilty to trafficking nine adult Myanmars at a house at Kg Kubang Panjang in Lemal, Pasir Mas, at 7.20pm on Aug 9.

He also pleaded guilty to a second charge of trafficking three Myanmar children at the same place, date and time.

His sons Mohd Hafizan, 19, and Mohd Hazwan, 21, and their friend Siti Rashidah Razali, 25, claimed trial to both charges.

Sahaidi Salleh with his sons Mohd Hafizan and Mohd Hazwan and their friend Siti Rashidah Razali outside the court yesterday.
Sahaidi Salleh with his sons Mohd Hafizan and Mohd Hazwan and their friend Siti Rashidah Razali outside the court yesterday.


Lawyer Mohd Hasrif Harun, who appeared for all the accused, told judge Wan Fadzilah Nor Wan Idris that he would apply to the public prosecutor to drop the charges against the youths and Siti Rashidah.

"It was Saihadi's business and he has pleaded guilty," he said.

Wan Fadzilah Nor fixed bail at RM7,000 each for Hafizan, Hazwan and Siti Rashidah with one surety for the first charge and RM4,000 each with one surety for the second charge. Sahaidi was not allowed bail.

She also fixed Sept 15 for sentencing and also to hear the reply from the prosecution on the lawyer's application. - NST.


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