Court adjourns case on possession of explosives on board Royal Brunei flight

Court adjourns case on possession of explosives on board Royal Brunei flight
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An Indonesian man accused of carrying explosives on board a Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) flight had his case adjourned yesterday until early August while waiting for the result of exhibits from Singapore.

The defendant Rustawi Tomo Kabul, 63, is charged with unlicensed firearms possession after security personnel at Brunei International Airport discovered several "suspicious items" in his luggage on May 2, including bullets and ammunition.

During the proceedings yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Pg Norsuzanawati Pg Hj Abas told the court yesterday that the items have been sent to Singapore for forensic testing.

The prosecution further indicated that it would take up to three weeks for the forensics laboratory in Singapore to get the complete results.

In light of the application, Chief Magistrate Muhammed Faisal PDLJD DSP Hj Kefli scheduled for a further mention of the case on August 5.

Rustawi has been released on a $15,000 bail since June 8.

The defendant has yet to enter his plea which carries a penalty of 15 years in prison with whipping.

It was previously reported that Rustawi boarded an RB flight from Surabaya on May 2 and had planned to travel to Saudi Arabia as part of an Umrah-bound group.

A routine x-ray scan of his luggage during transit at Brunei airport uncovered the ammunition and he was detained for questioning, along with two other people.

However, only Rustawi was arrested and subsequently charged, while the other two individuals were allowed to travel on to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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