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UC Travel Sdn Bhd director Agus Rizal Mat Ali has sought a lawsuit for advertising furada haj packages without a valid license, Berita Harian reported.
The accused pleaded not guilty as soon as the charge was read to him before Sessions Court Judge Kamarudin Kamsun earlier this morning.
Based on the indictment, Agus was charged with advertising a fraudulent haj packaged under UC Travel Sdn Bhd on Facebook, claiming that the company is licensed to transact business and to make haj trips for this year under the furada visa.
The Furada visa is a self-managed visa issued by Saudi Arabia without going through Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH).
According to the report, UC Travel Sdn Bhd did not have a valid pilgrimage management license from TH to conduct such activity.
The charge was brought under Section 27(1)(b) of the Tabung Haji Act 1995, which is punishable by imprisonment for up to one year or a fine of RM100,000 in case of conviction.
The prosecution was led by Deputy Prosecutor Nur Aqilah Ishak while Agus was represented by his attorneys, Datuk Dhanaraj and Ho Cheng En.
Bail was set at RM50,000 and Judge Kamarudin Kamsun set September 8 for the retrial of the case.
Agus was among five people – aged between 30 and 60 – who were arrested by police on July 7 following multiple reports filed against them for allegedly tricking 380 would-be hajj pilgrims who ended up stranded at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on the same day. Date.
Expressing regret for the incident, the Saudi Embassy insisted that the Saudi government had nothing to do with the incident.
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