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Indonesian woman on trial in Japan on people smuggling charges
uusjio | February 5, 2008 at 07:52 pmby
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An Indonesian woman, Yulia Patricia Rembeth (50), arraigned in the Chiba Prefecture Court on Monday on human trafficking charges, heard the prosecution propose a 40-month jail term, a forced labor stint and a Yen1.5 million fine for her.
Presiding judge Hiko Saka adjourned the court session to March 26 when the court would further question Rembeth, a staffer at the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta.
Public Prosecutor Takagaki said in his arguments, Rembeth had masterminded and planned the smuggling of several Indonesians into Japan in early September last year.
He said Rembeth had carried out the criminal activity systematically and obtained money from the victims.
Takagaki said Rembeth knew much about taking people in and out of a country due to her position in the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta and that she had become a professional people smuggler.
Similar charges had been leveled at another Indonesian, Carrand Christo Tangka (39), who was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment, a forced labor stint and a fine of Y2 million on Monday (Feb 4).
Tangka and Rembeth were both charged with ...