Malaysia deports Australian reporters over security breach

Kuala Lumpur, March 15 (IANS) Two Australian reporters who crossed the security line at an event to interview the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak were deported, police said on Tuesday.

Eroglu Levent and Linton Joshua Besser from Australian Broadcasting Corporation were arrested on Saturday after trying to approach Najib for an interview at an event held in Malaysia’s Sarawak state.

The two were investigated for obstructing a public servant in discharging his public functions, but prosecutors decided not to charge them, Xinhua news agency reported.

The two journalists can return to Malaysia as tourists, the country’s Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed told reporters.

“If they come back as tourists, there is no problem. But if they come back and break laws, there will be a problem,” Nur Jazlan said.

They were earlier released on police bail after having their statements recorded.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop expressed concern over the arrest.

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