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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 5 Feb 2006

Five illegal immigrants nabbed entering Singapore by sea


Nabbed While Trying to Enter Singapore

Police arrested five illegal immigrants on 29 Jan 06 at about 12.20 am, at sea about 5 km south off Bedok Jetty, East Coast Park, while they were attempting to enter Singapore using a wooden rowing sampan.
The Police Coast Guard, through the use of night vision surveillance equipment, detected the five men in a 5-metre long rowing sampan approaching Singapore waters.
A police patrol boat intercepted the rowing sampan immediately when they entered Singapore territorial waters.
The men, aged between 15 and 25 years old, who were all without any valid travel documents, were placed under arrest.
This makes a total of 7 illegal immigrants arrested for attempting to enter Singapore by sea so far this year.
Four of the five men, believed to be Indonesian nationals between 18 and 25 years old, will be charged in court on 30 Jan 06 for unlawful entry into Singapore.
If convicted, they can be jailed up to 6 months, caned at least 3 strokes, or fined up to $6,000/-. The other man believed to be a 15-yr old Indonesian national will be referred to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore for repatriation.
Commander Police Coast Guard, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jerry See, said, "Illegal immigrants should think twice before trying out such high risk attempts to enter Singapore . We will maintain a tight patrol along our borders and will take swift and stern actions against those who attempt to enter Singapore illegally."
29 January 2006 @ 2.15 pm

Source: Media Release 29 Jan 2006

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