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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Datuk's son held over human trafficking

KOTA TINGGI: Three men, including the son of a datuk in Johor Baru, were arrested together with 15 illegal Indonesian immigrants at Teluk Ramunia here on Sunday on suspicion of human-trafficking activities.

The 21-year-old student was driving a Perodua Myvi, with a double digit registration number and a VIP sticker on its windscreen, with four illegal Indonesians immigrants. His accomplices were tailgating him in three other cars, which also ferried 11 Indonesians, including two women.

When intercepted, the trio, including the datuk's son, were detained but two of his accomplices escaped.

Kota Tinggi deputy police chief Deputy Superintendent Muhammad Shamsuddin said they received a tip-off on four cars ferrying illegal immigrants from Ulu Tiram towards Sungai Renggi.

Muhammad said the Indonesians were planning to make their way home via the Sungai Renggit jetty by sea.

"We spotted the cars at 8pm, and intercepted them near a workshop at the Sungai Renggit junction near Teluk Ramunia.

"We believe the suspects used their own cars to ferry the Indonesians from a transit house to the jetty and from there, the skippers from Pengerang or Sungai Renggit provided boats for the Indonesians."

He said the Indonesians allegedly paid RM300 each for the trip from the transit house to the jetty, with additional fees for the boat ride.

Police are now seeking Erey Azlan Abd Ghani, 30, from Felda Palong 5, Gemas, Negri Sembilan and Muhammad Redhuan Mat Sheh, 21, from Taman Bukit Tiram here to facilitate investigations. - NST

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