Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

An Indonesian man was sentenced to 11 months in prison and three strokes of the cane after pleading guilty to gambling and overstaying in Brunei.

On the night of July 25 at Mulaut Industrial Parkland, the 33-year-old Indonesian man named Angga and 25 others were arrested when the Police Anti-Vice and Gambling Unit raided an apartment, Borneo Bulletin reported.

The police said the arrested were caught playing a  gambling game called Katam-Katam. According to Brunei law, all forms of gambling are outlawed in the country.

When the police questioned the suspect, they discovered that he had arrived in Brunei to work on December 18, 2009 and at the time was given an employment pass that was valid until January 8, 2010.

However, after his employment pass expired, he did not return to Indonesia and, at the time he was arrested, he had stayed in Brunei illegally for eight years.

On August 8 at the Magistrate’s Court, the defendant pleaded guilty to gambling and overstaying. The court sentenced the man to 11 months in prison and three strokes of the cane. He was also ordered to pay a fine of BND1,000 (US$726) or serve another month in prison.

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