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Thai man charged with diesel smuggling

By Zaki Salleh

TAIPING: A Thai man was charged at the Taiping Court here for the offense of smuggling diesel fuel following an arrest made on April 29.

The suspect was arrested while trying to bring out suspected diesel oil through the original tank of a vehicle as a result of an inspection at the Bukit Berapit Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex, Pengkalan Hulu.

He allegedly filled diesel fuel into the original tank of a four-wheel drive vehicle registered in Thailand to be taken out of the country.

The offense is committed in accordance with Sub-regulation 3(1) of the Control of Supply (Export Prohibition) Regulations 2011 and is punishable in accordance with Paragraph 5(a) of the same Regulations.

A fine of up to RM100,000, imprisonment or both can be imposed if convicted.

The prosecution was carried out by the Deputy Prosecutor of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living (KPDN), Roslina Idris.

The accused understood the charge but no confession was recorded when the charge was read in front of Judge Nabisa Ibrahim.

The court has adjourned the case to allow a Thai interpreter to be appointed to assist the trial.

The accused was not allowed bail and was held in Taiping prison while the case will be mentioned again on June 6.

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