Published: 24 May 2013 at 11.13
Two Thai men who overstayed their visas to Brunei will be whipped and imprisoned for several months, a report from Bandar Seri Begawan said Friday.
The men were arrested on Wednesday, and then prosecuted, tried, found guilty and sentenced on Thursday.
This photo from Curado.com claims to show a training session on whipping prisoners in Brunei.
Sombat Chamnanrop, 44, and Phaisan Saensimon, 32, were both sentenced to “three strokes of the cane” for overstaying their visa, the website BruDirect.com reported.
The men also had worked after their original work permits expired, the story said. It did not say when the whipping was to take place.
Sombat was described as “a fugitive employee” by the news report, which said he worked on a freelance basis. In addition to the whipping, he was sentenced to six months in prison.
Phaisan’s work permit expired last October, but he did not leave Brunei, the court was told. After he is whipped, he will spend three months in jail.
The two men were arrested with Sirithip Champasaeng, also an overstayer. She will not be whipped, but was sentenced to three months and a week in prison.
In its latest human rights report last month, the US State Department listed caning in Brunei.
The report listed “exploitation of foreign workers” as a major problem in Brunei, and highlighted the whipping of prisoners.
“Caning is mandatory for 42 criminal offences,” the report said, “and as of September (2012), 38 individuals were caned, most commonly for drug-related offenses and immigration violations.
“Canings were carried out in the presence of a doctor, who had the authority to interrupt the punishment for medical reasons.”