BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - Two women were each fined $4,400 yesterday after pleading guilty to joint passport-related offences.
Darwisyah Dania Senang @ Albysurati Senang, 31, was fined $4,400 for presenting someone else's passport to an immigration officer when travelling to Kota Kinabalu and re-entering Brunei.
Meanwhile, Siti Bibi Shahrol Aini Ampuan Hj Idris, 31, was also fined $4,400 for two counts of assisting Darwisyah by providing her with the passport.
The court document states that the defendants were brought to the Immigration Department for further investigation on August 27, 2013, after the immigration officer at the Kuala Lurah Control Post suspected that Darwisyah had submitted a passport that didn't belong to her despite Siti Bibi confirming that it did.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Darwisyah didn't possess a passport, as she had reported it lost in 2012.
Investigations conducted by immigration personnel revealed that the passport that Darwisyah had used belonged to Siti Bibi's sister-in-law.
Knowing that Darwisyah didn't have a passport, Siti Bibi had given Darwisyah her sister-in-law's passport so she could travel to Kota Kinabalu.
In her mitigation, Darwisyah told the court that she committed the offence because her passport wouldn't be ready for a year or two.
During the proceedings yesterday, Magistrate Azrimah Hj Abd Rahman imposed fines on the defendants in view that this was a matter of public interest and national security. The court ordered the defendants to settle the fines by April 29 or serve four months in jail.