Soldiers charged with human trafficking

Source from Malaymail, 20th Jan 2011,

KANGAR: Two soldiers were charged in the Sessions Cour here today with trafficking in 16 Myanmar citizens including four women, aged between 15 and 48 years, in December last year.

Mohd Rashidi Abd Halim, 36, and Mohd Johari Abu, 28, who are from Jitra, Kedah and are attached to a military camp in Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The duo are alleged to have committed the offence at around 10.40pm at a sugar cane farm in Chuping, Perlis.

If convicted, they are liable to be jailed not more than 15 years or fined or both.

Judge Wan Norzanuar Wan Ahmad set bail at RM6,000 each in one surety each and Feb 22 for the trial.

Deputy public prosecutor Norsalihah Sulaiman appeared for the prosecution while both accused by represented by counsel Rahmathullah Baharudeen.

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