2 women charged with baby trafficking


TWO women were charged in Ipoh Sessions Court today over baby trafficking in 2020.

Noor Azlina Mohd Nasir, 41, and D. Murugamal, 52, pleaded not guilty after the charge was read before Judge Norashima Khalid.

Noor Azlina, who is a nurse attached to a hospital in Alor Star and Murugamal, a housewife from Penang, were jointly charged with intent to traffic a nine-day-old baby girl.

The prosecution alleged that the offence was committed at a car park near a private hospital in Manjung, at noon on June 18, 2020.

The defendants were charged under section 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, which carries a sentence of five years to life in prison and whipping, if convicted. 

Deputy public prosecutor Evangelin Simon Silvaraj offered to set bail at RM15,000 for each accused.

During the mitigation, lawyer Mohd Firdaus Mohd Farouk, representing both accused, said Noor Azlina is a mother of five, while Murugamal suffers from heart problems and diabetes. 

The court set bail at RM10,000 in one surety for each of the accused and set February 24 for mention. – Bernama, January 25, 2023.


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