NINE young Australian men dubbed the ‘Budgie Nine’ have walked free from a Malaysian court after escaping conviction over the now-infamous stripping stunt at the F1 Grand Prix.
The nine men were arrested on Sunday after they stripped down to their budgie smugglers which were emblazoned with the Malaysian flag while celebrating Daniel Ricciardo’s Sepang Formula 1 Grand Prix win.
Handcuffed to each other as they appeared in Sepang Magistrates Court on Thursday, the group apologised to the Magistrate, after which one of the men dramatically collapsed in the dock.
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The statement of apology was read out by one of the “Budgie Nine” members. “We had no idea that our conduct would be deemed criminal or offensive to the citizens of this country,” the statement read.
“It was an error of judgment and a moment of folly. For that, we are truly sorry.
“We therefore without reservation apologise and express our deepest regret for our conduct.”
The nine men were cautioned for causing a public nuisance before being discharged from the court.
The magistrate chose not to impose a fine and no conviction was recorded.
The nine men are now free to return to Australia.