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Indian faces imprisonment in Malaysia

Mohd Salleh has been sentenced to 5 years in jail for illegally possessing 15 Myanmar passports.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 18:56 IST

An Indian national may face up to five years of imprisonment in Malaysia for illegally possessing 15 Myanmar passports.

Varusai Mohamad alias Mohd Salleh, 42, who holds a permanent resident status in Malaysia, was detained by the police last month at a fast food outlet with passports in his possession.

According to Malaysian news agency Bernama, Salleh, who is a trader by profession, could be either put in jail for five years or fined 10,000 ringgit (approx Rs 1.2 lakh) or both for each offence.

The magistrate fixed Salleh's bail at 35,000 ringgit (approx Rs 4.2 lakh) for all 15 charges and impounded his passport.

The sentence remains pending till June 5.