Brunei chases Pirates

The Brunei government has announced that it is cracking down on anyone found operating amateur radio gear without government authorization.

Pirates who are convicted of illegal use of amateur radio equipment without a license from the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam or AITI will face a maximum fine of 10,000 Brunei dollars, up to three years imprisonment, or both.

This new anti-pirate operating campaign appears aimed primarily at those unlicensed individuals who use mobile gear on the VHF and UHF amateur bands.

It was announced by the AITI during a briefing on the first of several joint operations with the Berakas Police to crack down on illegal use of radio equipment.

The operations involved a dedicated corps of sixteen police personnel and seven AITI officials.