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.

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