Tan Sri Kenneth Eswaran, whose maids ran away after being allegedly abused, pleaded not guilty earlier today, 12 April
The ex-president of the Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) was present at the Klang Sessions Court with his wife, Puan Sri Vivienne Ketheeswaran.
Free Malaysia Today reported that the couple was charged with three counts of exploitation and forced labour under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.
Kenneth and his wife were accused of abusing their three Indonesian maids over the last six years
According to Kosmo, the offence was purportedly committed in Country Heights, Kajang between October 2012 and March 2019.
The victims, aged between 25 and 41, eventually escaped the couple's home to the Indonesian embassy while they were abroad.
The women have since been sent to a safe house following an interim protection order granted by the court.
If convicted, Kenneth and Vivienne face up to 15 years in jail
The couple could also be fined up to RM500,000 for the offence.
According to Free Malaysia Today, judge Roszianayati Ahmad ordered their passports to be surrendered to the court and set bail at RM50,000 with one surety for each of them.
The couple's maids ran way from their home in Kajang last month after alleged abuse. Read more about it here:
Recently, a Datin who was convicted for abusing her maid and sentenced to 8 years in prison was allowed to perform umrah: