Malaysian man arrested after spending more than 20 years on the run for smuggling illegal immigrants

SINGAPORE: A 46-year-old man who had spent greater than 20 years on the run for immigration offences he dedicated has been arrested, stated the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) on Friday (Jun 11).

Siva Kumar Ramachandram, who’s Malaysian, was arrested by the CPIB with the assistance of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Fee (MACC) on Mar 4 final yr.

On Sep 24, 1999, Siva was convicted and sentenced to 5 years’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane for partaking in a conspiracy to smuggle unlawful immigrants from Singapore into Malaysia via Woodlands Checkpoint. 

The conspiracy concerned bribing a CISCO officer to permit buses ferrying the unlawful immigrants to move via the checkpoint with out immigration clearance. The CISCO officer was convicted on Oct 5, 1999 and was sentenced to 12 months’ jail and fined S$2,800 for corruption. 

Siva later absconded from Singapore someday in 1999, whereas launched on bail pending attraction of his conviction and sentence. An arrest warrant for him was issued on Mar 9, 2000, the date of his attraction listening to, which he failed to show up for.

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CIPB investigations revealed that in October 1999, Siva left Singapore for Malaysia within the car of an unknown particular person often known as “Boy”. 

“Boy” had produced a passport belonging to another person to the immigration officer at Woodlands Checkpoint. This led the immigration officer into believing Siva was another person, thus permitting him to go away Singapore, stated the authorities.

He was arrested on Mar 4, 2020 and introduced again to Singapore. Siva was charged on Apr 16 this yr with offences punishable below the Immigration Act and the Penal Code. 

On Friday, he pleaded responsible and was sentenced to 6 months’ jail with impact from the expiry of his current five-year sentence meted out in 1999, stated the bureau. 

“The invaluable help and robust help by the MACC has resulted in Siva’s arrest on Mar 4, 2020.

“CPIB is grateful for the close collaboration with the MACC on this case to ensure that the offender was brought to justice and there was no escaping the long arm of the law,” it stated. 

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The bureau stated Singapore adopts a strict zero-tolerance method in the direction of corruption and different prison actions. 

“CPIB’s mandate is to investigate into any act of corruption in the public and private sectors in Singapore, and in the course of doing so, any other offences under any written law,” it stated. 

Anybody who’s convicted of knowingly producing any false or deceptive doc below the Immigration Act could be sentenced to jail for as much as two years and be fined as much as S$6,000. 

Anybody who’s convicted of failing to seem earlier than a courtroom of justice below the Penal Code could be sentenced to jail for as much as six months and be fined as much as S$5,000.