Singaporean claims trial to trafficking in baby boy
KLANG: A Singaporean woman in a wheelchair claimed trial yesterday to trafficking in a baby boy.
Lee Hwee Bin, 36, was charged in the Sessions Court with trafficking in the 22-day-old boy by facilitating the transfer of ownership over him for an undisclosed sum of money.
She allegedly committed the offence outside a Starbucks coffee outlet at Jusco Bukit Tinggi, here, on April 6.
The victim was rescued by police and the accused arrested on the same day. The baby's parents were also arrested.
Lee, who is an amputee, faces a maximum 20 years in jail and a fine if convicted.
The accused pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to her in English by an interpreter.
Deputy public prosecutor Aimi Syazwani Sarmin urged the court to deny the accused bail as she had no travel documents.
Counsel K. Muthiah, however, told the court Lee had lost her passport. "She lodged a report over the matter and is applying for a new one from the Singapore embassy."
Sessions judge Norsharidah Awang, however, rejected bail and fixed May 24 for mention.
"However, if the accused manages to get a new passport or recover the lost one before the next mention date, her case will be called up to allow for bail application," said Norsharidah
Police later wheeled her out of the courtroom.