S'pore captain to remain in lock-up until Oct 25

Mr Shoo during his court appearance last Tuesday when he made a plea for his freedom, saying: "I feel that I have spent enough time in lock-up and I have done my punishment."
Mr Shoo during his court appearance last Tuesday when he made a plea for his freedom, saying: "I feel that I have spent enough time in lock-up and I have done my punishment."PHOTO: F. PANGESTU

JAKARTA • Singaporean boat captain Shoo Chiau Huat will remain in the lock-up in Tanjung Pinang until Oct 25, when his case will come up again in a local district court.

Mr Shoo has been held by Indonesian immigration authorities since he was arrested by the navy for trespassing in Tanjung Berakit waters off Bintan island on April 16. The local authorities have refused to release him despite a court clearing him in July of the trespassing charge. Instead, Mr Shoo was slapped with a fresh immigration offence.

His lawyer has argued in the district court that the case should be thrown out on the grounds of "irregularity".

The prosecution will make its arguments next Tuesday and the court expects to decide on the case by Oct 25.

Under the Indonesian legal system, a defence lawyer can request a provisional ruling to challenge a case on the grounds that proper legal procedures were not followed. If the request is rejected, the trial continues as normal, where witnesses can be called and any evidence presented.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a diplomatic note to the Batam authorities in connection with the case.

At a court hearing last Tuesday, Mr Shoo made an impassioned plea for his freedom, saying: "I feel that I have spent enough time in lock-up and I have done my punishment, please don't punish me further."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2016, with the headline 'S'pore captain to remain in lock-up until Oct 25'. Print Edition | Subscribe