The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) is considering action against ABC News journalists previously detained for allegedly approaching Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak aggressively, the police said. “AG’s Chambers will determine appropriate action against two Australians who were detained yesterday for breaching PM’s security line ― IGP,” national news agency Bernama tweeted today, referring to Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Australian news outlet ABC News said reporter Linton Besser and camera operator Louis Eroglu from its ABC Four Corners programme, who were in Malaysia to investigate a local corruption scandal, have had their passports seized despite being released after questioning yesterday. Earlier today, Sarawak police said the two were detained yesterday in Kota Sentosa, Kuching, after they allegedly crossed a security cordon to try and interview Najib.
Police are investigating the incident under Section 186 of the Penal Code that pertains to the obstruction of public servants in the discharge of their duties.
The two were released earlier today on bail after they gave their statements to the police. A lawyer representing the Australian newsmen said the two denied any wrongdoing in their approach of the prime minister or exceeding a security line as alleged, according to news portal The Malaysian Insider.