KANGAR: A Thai man was sentenced to three years' jail by the High Court here today for smuggling two migrants into Malaysia eight months ago.
Judicial Commissioner Abu Bakar Katar ordered Muhammadromlee Arong, 40, to serve his jail term from the date of arrest.
Earlier, the accused, clad in blue T-shirt, pleaded guilty to smuggling directly or indirectly, providing services or financial assistance to two Ugandans known as Joy Gladys Filly and Jacintah Nakabuye, aged 34.
He had committed the offence under Section 26G of the Anti-Trafficking in Person and Smuggling of Migrant Act 2007 at the bus entry inspection counter, Padang Besar Immigration Complex at 7.45pm on Mar 24.
Rahmatullah Baharudeen, who represented the accused, appealed for a minimum jail sentence on the grounds that the later was a divorcee and was caring for his two schoolgoing children back in Thailand.
He also said that by pleading guilty, the accused, who expressed remorse and promised not to repeat the act, has saved the court time and cost.
In the same court, a local man in his 40s, who was separately charged, claimed trial to smuggling in the two Ugandans.
Wan Ahmad Wan Hassan allegedly committed the offence at the same venue on the same time and date as Muhammadromlee.
Abu Bakar fixed trial for Wan Ahmad, represented by Mohd Shakir Khairi Othman, on Nov 24 and 25.