Report: Brunei whipped 68 foreigners in 2007 for immigration violations

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December 24, 2007 08:13

 
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Brunei whipped 68 foreign workers for immigration offenses this year amid mounting efforts to stop migrants from settling illegally in this oil-rich sultanate, a news report said Monday. Authorities carried out 1,934 checks on foreigners between January and mid-December, up from 1,658 last year, according to Immigration Department data reported by the Borneo Bulletin newspaper. Sixty-eight people were convicted of immigration violations and whipped with rattan canes, the report added, without providing a comparison with previous years. Phones at the Immigration Department rang unanswered Monday.

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