M'sian caught with child exploitation material

Written by: mottaman | 17 Mar 2019 14:52
Written by:
17 Mar 2019 14:52

A Malaysian was detained and charged after Australian Border Forces allegedly found child exploitation material on his mobile phone at the Perth International Airport.

According to reports, the 36-year-old suspect appeared in the Perth Magistrate's Court yesterday.

ABF officers stopped the man for a baggage examination after he arrived on a flight from Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

"During the examination of his mobile phone, officers allegedly found abhorrent material, including a video depicting the sexual abuse of a child.

"Officers seized the phone and cancelled his visitor's visa," stated ABF.

A statement from the ABF said the unnamed man has been charged with "one count of Importation of a Prohibited Import being Tier 2 goods under s.233BAB(5) of the Customs Act 1901".

Acting ABF Regional Commander for Western Australia, Emma Newman, said the ABF was committed to doing all it could to prevent the importation of abhorrent material into Australia.

"Visitors should be aware that possession of child exploitation material is viewed very seriously under Australian law," Acting Commander Newman said.

"The maximum penalty for the importation of child exploitation material is 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to AU$525,000 (RM1.52mil)," said ABF.

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