Immigration Dept cuts short illegals return trip

By: Mac Grimes

LAHAD DATU: The State Immigration Department thwarted 28 illegal immigrants including seven women crammed on to the back of trailer, from returning to Indonesia via Tawau on Monday night.

Itโ€™s Sabah director, Datuk Dr Sade Amin said a team tailed the vehicle upon departing Jalan Asam here until stopped at a police roadblock near Kilometer 38 at about 9pm.

โ€œFurther inspections identified 22 adults including five women, and six children including two girls around the ages of 5 and 55-years.

โ€œThe trailer was driven by a 39-year-old local man arrested under Section 26A the Anti-Traffickingย in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM)ย Act 2007,โ€ he said.

All detainees were placed temporarily until further action at Dewan Tun Datu Haji Mustapha, which has been transformed into a quarantine and transit centre.

โ€œThe case is also being investigated under Section 6(1)(c), 15(1) of the Immigration Act,โ€ Sade said.

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