2 Indonesians jailed for overstaying in Brunei

2 Indonesians jailed for overstaying in Brunei

Two Indonesian nationals were sentenced to jail in separate cases after pleading guilty to overstaying.

Defendant Adi Lazuardi, 39, was ordered to serve three months in jail and receive three strokes of the cane for overstaying 213 days after his two-week social visit pass expired last year.

Adi was arrested during a raid by immigration personnel on a rented house in Kg Mulaut on February 2.

Upon examining Adi's passport, an immigration officer discovered that his social visit pass had expired on July 5, 2014 and no extension had been made.

In his mitigation, Adi told the court that he overstayed in Brunei because he was unable to raise enough money to return home and was seeking employment here.

In another immigration case heard before the same court, Puji Inawati, 33, was sentenced to four months in jail after admitting to overstaying in Brunei for 375 days after her valid pass had expired.

The court document states that Puji entered Brunei through the Sungai Tujoh Immigration Control Post sometime in September 2012 to visit her uncle. She was given visit passes during her stay.

While in Brunei, Puji was arrested by the Religious Enforcement Authority for close proximity and was handed over to the Immigration Enforcement Division.

She was ordered to leave Brunei and was given a valid pass until January 23, 2014.

She didn't leave the country, however, and let her immigration pass expire.

Puji was later arrested on February 2 after failing to produce her passport or travel document during an inspection of a rented house in Kg Pengakalan Batu by immigration officers.

In her mitigation, Puji said she was unable to leave Brunei as she didn't have enough money to return home.

She further told the court that she wanted to return to Indonesia because her child was sick.

Following sentencing yesterday, Presiding Magistrate Azrimah Hj Abd Rahman ordered both defendants to serve their respective jail sentences with immediate effect.

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