Family of Malaysian teacher who entered Singapore illegally attend court hearing

Malaysian Nurul Rohana Ishak, who was arrested for illegally entering the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters on Jan 20, 2014. The family of the Malaysian teacher who is facing charges after illegally entering Singapore last month attended
Malaysian Nurul Rohana Ishak, who was arrested for illegally entering the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters on Jan 20, 2014. The family of the Malaysian teacher who is facing charges after illegally entering Singapore last month attended her second court mention on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK 

The family of the Malaysian teacher who is facing charges after illegally entering Singapore last month attended her second court mention on Tuesday.

The father, stepmother, and younger brother of Nurul Rohana Ishak, were seated in the public gallery at the subordinate courts as her case was brought up in a pre-trial conference.

Also present was a lawyer, Abraham Vergis, who had been appointed as Nurul's defence counsel through the Malaysia High Commission just before Tuesday's court proceedings, and is working pro bono.

The 27-year-old Kedah native slipped pass immigration officers at the Woodlands checkpoint on Jan 17, and was only arrested three days later (jan20) after missteps by border security and the police.

She first appeared in court last Wednesday when it was heard that a psychiatric assessment had found her of unsound mind and unfit to make a plea.

The case has been handed over to the Attorney General's Chambers and Nurul has been moved from the Institute of Mental Health, where she had been kept in remand since her arrest, to Changi Prison.

A second pre-trial conference has been set for March 14.

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