Four Corners reporter Linton Besser describes frightening detention in Malaysia
ABC reporter Linton Besser has revealed the frightening, frustrating, and at times "comical", details of how he and cameraman Louie Eroglu came to be arrested, detained and threatened with charges while working on a Four Corners investigation in Malaysia.
Besser and Eroglu were arrested on Saturday after trying to question Prime Minister Najib Razak about a corruption scandal.
Yesterday they were threatened with charges, but the charges were abruptly dropped and the pair were escorted out of the country.
Now in Singapore, Besser shared his experience with PM's Mark Colvin:
Colvin: Now you've been accused of crossing some lines (at the PM's press conference) or breaking some rules. Were you aware of crossing any lines, any cordons, were there any rules that had been outlined to you that you broke?
What did you ask him?
How did he react?
So it was a mute response?
And what about his entourage?
PHOTO: Four Corners reporter Linton Besser (right) and cameraman Louie Eroglu (left). (ABC News: Sally Neighbour)
How long were you detained?
And then you had this period when you were not sure whether you would be able to get out of the country — you might be charged?
And eventually you got out. Have you got the material that you need to make this Four Corners program?
And you obviously will not be able to go back into Malaysia. Are you coming back to Australia now?