Aussie Men Arrested After Stripping Down For Malaysian Trackside Party

    The nine Australians face criminal charges including disrespecting the Malaysian national flag.

    Among the nine Australian men arrested for stripping down to Malaysia-flag speedos and celebrating a Grand Prix win in Sepang, is Jack Walker (pictured in a grey button-up shirt), a longtime adviser to government minister Christopher Pyne.

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    The group of men, aged 25 to 29, were celebrating the victory of Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, who won the first race of the F1 season.

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    Instagram video shows the men chanting "Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi!", posing for photos with locals and drinking beer from their shoes, which is colloquially known in Australia as doing a "shoey".

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    According to ABC News, the men have been arrested and face charges of indecent behaviour in a public place and disrespecting the national flag.

    Ricciardo celebrated with a shoey of champagne on the victory podium.

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    Christopher Pyne's office has released a statement in relation to Walker's arrest, saying "the matter is being handled appropriately by the Australian High Commissioner".

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    "Until we have a clearer picture of the process at hand it would be unwise to comment further," the statement says.

    Pyne is the federal minister for defence industry. Walker serves as his defence innovation adviser.

    Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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