Man pleads not guilty to diesel smuggling

Man pleads not guilty to diesel smuggling

A man claimed trial before the Magistrates' Court after he was charged yesterday with attempting to smuggle diesel into Malaysia two years ago.

The court document stated that 67-year-old defendant Morsidi Beji is accused of attempting to smuggle prohibited export goods, namely 109 litres of diesel gasoline at the outward section of the Kuala Lurah Control Post on June 11, 2012.

Exporting diesel without licence by the customs controller (Prohibition and Restriction on Import and Export) (Amendment) Order 1978 is an offence which carries a fine of up to US$500,000 (S$630,000), three-year jail term or both.

During the proceedings yesterday, presiding Senior Magistrate Lailatul Zubaidah Hj Mohd scheduled another mention of the case to be heard on April 10, for the prosecution to refer the case to the public prosecutor.

Meanwhile, Morsidi, who is a permanent resident in Brunei, has been released on a US$10,000 court bail and one local surety pending the next mention of the case.

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