Report: Brunei whipped 68 foreigners in 2007 for immigration violations

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.