Posted: 6 October, 2016
Daniel Ricciardo Throws Support Behind 'Budgie Nine'
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Aussie Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo reckons the 'Budgie Nine', who were arrested for celebrating his Malaysian Grand Prix win in their undies, should be released and escape any serious charges.
The group were arrested for indecency and could be jailed for up to two years under Malaysian law. They're expected to learn their fate today.
But Ricciardo said he thinks they've learnt their lesson.
"I don't think they meant any harm by it, they were just enjoying the celebrations, for the circumstances obviously the celebrations went a bit far for the locals," he said.
"I guess when they travel next time they will check the laws for where they go, but for me, there is no reason for anything else to happen."
Malaysian police hope to charge the men with "intentional insult", with a minimum penalty of a fine and a maximum two-year prison term. A lesser charge of insulting Malaysia's national emblem is also being considered which carried a maximum term of six months behind bars.