Updated: 6:21 pm, Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Malaysian prosecutors are soon to decide whether to charge nine Australians for stripping down to budgie smugglers at the Grand Prix, police say.
Jack Walker, an adviser to the Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, was among the men arrested after they allegedly drunkenly displayed their Malaysian flag-themed swimwear in celebration of Australian Daniel Ricciardo’s win in Sepang on Sunday.
Australians arrested in Malaysia for stripping down at the Grand Prix. Photo: Twitter / @nikasyraaf
The deputy head of Selangor district police, Superintendent Rusdi Mohd Isa, told AAP on Wednesday that prosecutors were holding a morning meeting to decide whether to charge the group.
‘They (the DPP) have not decided whether to charge,’ Supt Rusdi said.
Sepang assistant police commissioner Abdul Aziz Ali has previously told AAP he saw ‘no problem’ in charging the group with an ‘intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace’ or public indecency.
‘They bought the underwear from Australia. They had the intention of doing that (stripping down) at the very beginning.’
That the act was allegedly premeditated was echoed by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who told the Nine Network she did not know if the group’s actions would just be seen as a ‘lapse of judgment’.
‘It was clearly premeditated. They were wearing the budgie smugglers and had bought them in Australia.’
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the men’s families have travelled to Malaysia and reminded Australians to respect the laws of the country they were in.
The men, who are being held at Sepang District Police office, are understood to have appointed counsel to represent them.
It’s not the first time foreigners have gotten in trouble in Malaysia for baring flesh.
In June last year, AFP reported that four tourists, including a British woman, were arrested after images of them undressing at the top of Mount Kinabalu on the island of Borneo went viral.
They were sentenced to three days in jail, fined 5000 Malaysian ringgit ($A1580) and deported.
Australians Arrested in Malaysia After Stripping to Briefs at Grand Prix
HONG KONG — It began as a day at the races in Malaysia. But for a group of Australians who stripped down to briefs that featured Malaysia’s flag — including an aide to a cabinet minister, according to news reports — it ended in arrest.
The nine men, all in their 20s, were arrested on Sunday after celebrating an Australian driver’s victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix by shedding their clothes to reveal the flag-themed “budgie smugglers,” as Australians call tight swimwear, according to news reports. They were still in custody on Tuesday.
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