Aussies may face intentional insult rap
> Cops speed up probe to charge men before remand ends
SEPANG: The nine Australian men who were arrested at the Sepang International Circuit for stripping down to their Malaysian flag underwear are expected to be charged with misbehaviour in public and intentional insult to disrupt peace.
It is learnt that police are speeding up the probe on the nine foreigners, aged between 22 and 29, and will have them face the charges before Friday.
Sepang district police chief ACP Abdul Aziz Ali said the men are under remand until Thursday.
“We will complete our investigations by Thursday and hand over the probe papers to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for perusal.
“It is up to the AG to decide if the charges the men face are adequate or need to be revised.
“The police can only act based on the offence committed and not beyond that,” he said when contacted by theSun.
He also confirmed that one of them was an adviser to an Australian minister.
“Wherever we go, we must respect the culture and laws of the respective countries. It should be no different here.”
It is also learnt that businessmen were among the group.
The Australians are being investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, which carries punishment of up to two years’ imprisonment and a fine.
They were also probed under Section 14 of the same Act for misbehaviour in public, which carries a fine not exceeding RM100.
The Australians, who attended the Malaysian Grand Prix, had stripped down to their Jalur Gemilang underwear at the circuit at the end of the event in celebration of the victory of Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo.