ALOR SETAR: A police officer and corporal were among five persons charged at the Sessions Court here with smuggling 119 migrants from Myanmar into Malaysia last year.

Asst Supt Mohamad Faizal Ahmad Zaki, 37, and Kpl Mohd Razin Razali, 32, were alleged to have committed the offence at 1.9 nautical miles off Kuala Kedah waters near here at 9.30am on May 24.

Auxiliary policeman Anas Hafizin Ahmad, 37, self-employed Muhamad Aslam Osman, 29, and fisherman Ibrahim Dahamid, 38, were also charged with committing the offence.

No plea was recorded as the case was under the High Court’s jurisdiction, reported Bernama.

ASP Mohamad Faizal and Kpl Mohd Razin were charged under Section 26B(d) of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 (Act 670) read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code.

The two policemen, from the Special Branch E6 of the Kedah police contingent, face life imprisonment and will be liable to whipping if convicted.

Anas Hafizin, Muhamad Aslam and Ibrahim were charged under Section 26A of the same Act and face a maximum jail term of 20 years, or a fine, or both, if convicted.

Deputy public prosecutors Zahruddin Mohammed Isa, Nor Syaliati Mohd Sobri and Nur Syifa Mohd Hamzah prosecuted, while lawyer Ravi Shankar Gandhi represented Mohd Razin. All the other accused were not represented.

Judge Noor Zaihan Mohamad Ali set July 4 for next mention.