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Chief Justice lays down sentencing guidelines for cigarette smugglers

Published on Apr 15, 2014 7:14 PM
 
Five Singaporeans and two Indonesians were arrested for attempting to smuggle 22,900 packets of contraband cigarettes (pictured) valued at $240,303 into Singapore on Aug 4, 2012. Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, laid down sentencing guidelines for cigarette smugglers, saying that the weight of tobacco should be used as a starting point in deciding jail terms. -- ST FILE PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE 

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon on Tuesday laid down sentencing guidelines for cigarette smugglers, saying that the weight of tobacco should be used as a starting point in deciding jail terms.

The chief justice said this in reducing the jail term - from two years to 15 months - of Yap Ah Lai, a 72-year-old Malaysian man who smuggled 161.4kg of contraband cigarettes into Singapore last year.

CJ Menon, who heard Yap's appeal against his two-year jail term in February, said in his written judgment on Tuesday that he was troubled by the lack of consistency in sentences for such offences.

The offence of importing more than 2kg of tobacco products is punishable by a fine of up to 20 times the duty or tax evaded, or jail for up to three years, or a combination of both.

 
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