Here's What We Know So Far About The Aussie Blokes Arrested In Malaysia

    The nine Australian men were arrested after stripping down to Malaysia-flag speedos and dancing in Sepang.

    1. Timothy Yates

    Yates is the son of senior Australian diplomat Tom Yates, who is a former consul-general of Libya and now serves as Australian trade commissioner in Japan.

    According to his LinkedIn profile, the younger Yates works at a software company and like other members of the "Budgy Nine" once worked at construction company Leighton.

    He studied at both Swinburne and Melbourne universities, and this year volunteered to hand out pamphlets for Liberal candidate Philip Liu.

    The Australian reported Yates's uncle is Peter Yates, who hosted a Liberal party fundraiser for Malcolm Turnbull this year.

    2. Edward Leaney


    Leaney went to exclusive private high school Trinity Grammar and then to the University of Sydney, where he completed a bachelor degree in international relations.

    On LinkedIn, Leaney claims to have worked as a bar tender and was once a "horticulturalist" for the Merivale hotel group.

    He's currently general manager of Focus Uniforms, which the Daily Telegraph claims is a family-owned business.

    3. Jack Walker


    Walker has been a political adviser to senior minister Christopher Pyne for three years.

    BuzzFeed News understands he went to Sydney private school Cranbrook and attended the University of Sydney, where he boarded at the exclusive Paul's college.

    In a previous Instagram post, Walker posted another photo of speedos with the caption, "game day attire #wallabies #budgysmuggler #brotherhoodofthetravellingsultans".


    4. Branden Stobbs

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    Stobbs is a "strategist" at marketing company Octagon, who says "my passion for sports and entertainment... took me to a place where I had the opportunity to connect my academic prowess in an engaging and stimulating atmosphere".

    He studied at the University of Sydney and at French university Sciences Po, in international relations.

    5. Nick Kelly


    Kelly attended Sydney's Church of England Grammar school.

    According to a photo published in The Australian, Kelly attended the 2014 World Cup. He showed off his uniform, which included several colours of speedos, on Instagram.

    6. Thomas Laslett

    Laslett is a civil engineer who used to work for construction company Leighton and now works on the Sydney light rail project.

    He volunteers as a surf life saver and completed his engineering degree at the University of Queensland and University of Sydney.

    7. James Paver

    8. Thomas Whitforth


    Whitforth went to the elite Sydney school, Kings, and completed an econometrics degree at the University of Sydney.

    He's the chief operating officer at First Class Capital.

    According to the company's website, "In the summer months you will find Tom sporting his budgie smugglers patrolling the Northern Beaches of Sydney as a Patrol Captain and Publican Licensee".

    The final member of the "Budgy Nine" is Adam Pasfield.

    According to reports, parents of the men have hired Malaysian death penalty lawyers ahead of an expected court appearance later this week.

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

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