Australian gets two weeks in jail in Malaysia for smoking on plane

An Australian national was sentenced on Friday to 14 days imprisonment by a Malaysian court for smoking on a passenger plane, state media reported.

Ibrahim Bob Ibrahim, 46, pleaded guilty before Sepang Magistrate's court to the charge of smoking on a Malindo Air flight from Perth in Australia to Kuala Lumpur on May 24,  Bernama news agency said.

A crew member found Ibrahim smoking inside the toilet of the aircraft while it was airborne and immediately informed the pilot, the report said. 

It added that the pilot filed a police report immediately after arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Ibrahim's lawyer pleaded with the judge for leniency, saying the last time his client took a flight was eight years ago when smoking inside the plane was still allowed.

But deputy prosecutor S Ibirami argued that there had been an announcement before the flight left Perth that smoking was not allowed on the plane, Bernama reported.

Last update: Fri, 27/05/2016 - 15:01

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