Two Thai men have reportedly been sentenced to “strokes of the cane” for overstaying their visas in Brunei without reasonable causes.
Sombat Chamnanrop, 44, was sentenced to six months in jail and three cane strokes, while Phaisan Saensimon, aged 32, was sentence to three months in jail and three cane strokes.
The Bandar Seri Begawan Magistrate’s Court sentenced the two men yesterday, the Borneo Bulletin reported, after all defendants pleaded guilty to overstaying in the country without reasonable causes.
The two men were apprehended along with Thai female Sirithip Champasaeng during a raid in the morning of May 22, 2013 at the male defendants’ rented home in Kg Kilanas.
Sombat was reportedly found to be a fugitive employee and earned a living on a freelance basis with an employment pass that expired on December 3, 2008.
Meanwhile, Phaisan worked until his employment pass was cancelled and was due for repatriation on October 31, 2012 but he failed to leave the country.
As for Sirithip, she was found to have been issued a special pass initially and told to report to the Immigration Department but failed to do so.
She was sentenced to three months and a week’s imprisonment for the offense of overstaying.