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Corpun file 16961, 22 November 2005

Jail, Cane For Ex-Army Man

By Rol Ezam

Bandar Seri Begawan - A former Royal Brunei Aimed Forces officer was sentenced to six years' imprisonment and five strokes of the cane by the Bandar Magistrate's Court recently for possessing an unlicensed rifle.

The defendant, Mohd Yusof bin Gapor, who had previous convictions for consumption of controlled drugs an offence under the Poisons Act in 1997 for which he was fined B$3,000, pleaded guilty to owning the said rifle for seven years prior to his arrest on September 5 this year.

The court heard that on September 5, 2005, the Special Criminal Investigation Unit at the Police Headquarters in Gadong received a reliable and credible tip-off from the public regarding the defendant's possession of a rifle. On the same day, a search warrant was obtained from the BSB Magistrate's Court to conduct a search and seize items in relation to the commission of the said offence at the defendant's house at Kampong Katimahar.

The defendant was present during the search conducted at his house where a wooden shaped object attached to a metal piece resembling a self-made rifle and 36 pieces of blank black bullet cartridges were found and seized.

According: to the Prosecuting Officer Hj Afif Daraina bin PDH Ustaz Haji Badaruddin, the items were sent to an armaments expert at the Ministry of Defence for inspection where it was concluded that the self-made rifle was capable of firing lethal projectiles upon successful test-firing and thereby constituting a firearm by definition.

The defendant admitted to possessing the rifle without a licence, which he had on numerous occasions used for hunting animals in the forest to feed his family. He stated that he had purchased the rifle from a foreigner for $200. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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Corpun file 17031

Borneo Bulletin, Bandar Seri Begawan, 25 November 2005

Jail, cane for foreigners who overstayed

By Malai FadleyRizal

Three foreigners were jailed and ordered caned after they pleaded guilty to overstaying in the country after the expiry of their employment passes.

The Bandar Magistrate's Court yesterday sentenced 37-year-old Bangladeshi, Abdus Samad Nurul Islam, to three months and two weeks' jail and three strokes of the cane. Meanwhile, countryman Biplab Shamsuzzaman Miah, 30, was sentenced to four months' jail and three strokes of the cane. Both defendants were arrested separately after they failed to produce valid documents upon request by Immigration Enforcement officers during a raid at two different houses in Kg Masin on November 23, 2005.

They were then brought in for investigations.

Meanwhile, 36-year-old Indonesian, Abu Hanifah, was sentenced to three months jail and three strokes of the cane for overstaying.

The defendant was arrested on the same day at a house in Kg Tasek Meradun.

Personnel brought the defendant in for investigations after he failed to produce documents proving his legal status. He was found to have run away from his employer.

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Corpun file 17032, 27 November 2005

Foreigner Pays Price For Inflicting Hurt

By Rol Ezam

Bandar Seri Begawan - A foreigner was recently handed a sentence of 18 months imprisonment, two strokes of the cane and a fine of $1,500 or in default two months jail - after he was found guilty of two charges: causing hurt and being in possession of a Class A controlled drug.

Defendant Kingchopazar Licayan Belimac was convicted of the charges of causing hurt to two police officers when the said duo tried to arrest the defendant for causing a commotion at RIPAS Hospital on February 1, 2005.

The defendant was also fined for having in possession 0.108 milligrammes of Methyl amphetamine or 'Syabu'.  -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin  All rights reserved.

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