SINGAPORE Feb 13 A Singapore Airlines pilot
was fined A$12,000 ($10,860) for trying to bring child
pornography into Australia, court documents showed on
Ng Kok Yauw, 40, captained a Singapore Airlines flight last
Saturday from the city-state to Adelaide, Australia, when
customs officials searched his laptop and found video clips of
child pornography, Adelaide court documents seen by Reuters
Ng, who appeared in court on Monday, pleaded guilty to
charges of importing banned material and making a false
statement to a customs officer.
He could not be reached for comment but Singapore Airlines,
the world's second-largest airline by market value, said the
airline was conducting its own investigation.
Seven video files were found on Ng's computer, some of
which contained footage of rape, sexual violence and children
engaged in sexual activity, the documents said.
The maximum sentence in Australia for offences involving
child pornography is a fine of A$275,000 and 10 years
While it is not an offence to bring pornographic material
into Australia, an Australian customs spokeswoman said it was
an crime to bring in "objectionable" or "abhorrent" pornography
into the country.
This would include materials that "offend against the
standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted
by reasonable adults", the spokeswoman said.
The pilot was one of three men caught last week by
Australian custom officials for importing "offensive"
pornography. Local media in Singapore said one of these was a
Malaysian Airline pilot.
(Reporting by Melanie Lee, editing by Neil Chatterjee)