KUALA KANGSAR: An oil palm estate supervisor was charged in a magistrate’s court here with 15 counts of trafficking in locals, including two children who were forced to work in a plantation in Pengkalan Hulu. L. Ganis, 42, claimed trial Friday to the charges before magistrate Noorhidayah Mohd Saad.
He is accused of trafficking in 15 victims, comprising men, women and children aged between 13 and 66, to work as forced labour. He allegedly committed the offences at Ladang Koperasi Kelapa Sawit Sdn Bhd, Daerah Kecil Kroh, Belukar Semang, Kampung Tasek in Pengkalan Hulu, between April 2016 and Feb 26 this year.
If convicted, he faces a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine upon conviction for each charge under Sections 13 and 14 whereas under Section 12, he faces the maximum jail term of 15 years and a possible fine.
At the same court, he was also charged under Section 52 (3) of the Societies Act 1966 for having a Gang 04-linked tattoo on his right thigh. For this offence, he faces a maximum jail term of five years and a maximum fine of RM15,000 upon conviction.
Noorhidayah fixed March 27 for the cases to be mention in the Sessions Court here for the judge to make a decision on whether the accused should be granted bail or otherwise.
The case under Section 52 (3) has been fixed for mention on April 18 at the Pengkalan Hulu magistrate’s court.
The accused was represented by S.M. Karunananthan, while DPP N. Jayanthi prosecuted.
Source : The Star Online