Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Singaporean Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Trafficking

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 20:59 Wheelchair-Bound S’porean Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Child Trafficking KLANG, 24 APRIL, 2012: A Singaporean woman bound in a wheelchair pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to a charge of trafficking in a 22-day-old baby for the purpose of exploitation earlier this month. Lee Hwee Bin, 36, was charged with trafficking in the baby for the purpose of exploitation outside the Starbucks Coffee, Jaya Jusco Bukit Tinggi here at about 11:30am on April 6. She was charged under Section 14 of the Anti-Trafficking In Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Immigrants Act 2007 which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and fine upon conviction. Lee's lawyer, K Muthiah said his client had lost her passport and a police report pertaining to the matter had also been lodged. He said his client had also applied for a new passport at the Singapore High Commission here and was expected to receive it in another month. Hence, Judge Norsyaridah Awang said she could not allow bail on Lee as the accused did not possess any valid travel document. She also set May 24 for remention. Deputy public prosecutor Aimi Syazwani Sarmin prosecuted.

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