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KANGAR: A Thai national claimed trial at the Sessions Court yesterday to bringing RM100,000 into the country illegally and for failing to declare the money at Malaysian border checkpoint in Padang Besar last year.
Wittaya Pata, 27, an employee of his family-owned business, was alleged to have committed the offences at the Padang Besar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex at 1pm on April 16.
He had with him RM100,000 in various denominations when checked by the authorities.
Wittaya, who was represented by counsel Loo Yook Khin, pleaded not guilty before judge Azman Ahmad after the court interpreter read the charges to him in Thai.
State Customs Department prosecuting officer Abdul Malik Awang Kechik suggested RM20,000 bail for each charge.
Azman set bail at RM12,000 with two Malaysian sureties for each charge and ordered Wittaya to report to the Padang Besar customs office once a month.
He fixed Sept 11 for mention.
Meanwhile outside the courtroom one of Wittaya's bailors, who was accompanied by his family, hurled abusive remarks at reporters and photographers including calling them "stupid people" for covering the case.