Malaysian tourist on porn count

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS MCEL­ROY AND JES­SICA ELDER

A MALAYSIAN tourist has been ar­rested at the Gold Coast Air­port after Aus­tralian Bor­der Force of­fi­cers al­legedly found child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial in his lug­gage.

On Wednesday, of­fi­cers stopped the man for ques­tion­ing when he ar­rived on a flight from Malaysia.

In a state­ment ABF said when of­fi­cers ex­am­ined his bag­gage they found child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial on an elec­tronic de­vice.

The man was then taken to South­port Po­lice Sta­tion watch house where the ABF charged him with im­port­ing child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial.

“The ABF will not tol­er­ate at­tempts to im­port highly ob­jec­tion­able and of­fen­sive ma­te­ri­als such as these,” said En­force­ment Com­mand Su­per­in­ten­dent Matt Stock.

“Our very strong mes­sage to any­one think­ing about do­ing so is that you will be ar­rested and charged.”

The maximum penalty for an in­di­vid­ual for the im­por­ta­tion or ex­por­ta­tion of child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial is $525,000 and up to 10 years im­pris­on­ment. The man faced a bail hear­ing at South­port Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day.

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