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Malaysia Charges 293 Burmese with Illegal Entry

15 May 2012

Two hundred and ninety-three Burmese men were charged on Monday with illegal entry into Malaysia, according to the state-run news agency Bernama. None of the accused, aged between 15 and 51, issued a plea. There were arrested at a fish-breeding farm on April 30 following a public tip off. Investigations showed they were smuggled in by sea from the Andaman Islands to work illegally in the country. Police also detained five Burmese men who had acted as agents and a local man who was the owner of the boat.