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August 25, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

More has emerged about an alleged sexual assault on a recent Malaysia Airlines flight. Our earlier report of the incident was carried here: Did MAS steward use ‘sexual healing’ on nervous passenger?.

Channel Seven’s Sunday Night aired a tell-all interview last night with 26-year-old Laura Bushney, who recorded the moment Mohd Rosli Bin Ab Karim, 54, allegedly put his hands under a blanket and down her pants while working.

In a preview of the program in the Sydney Morning Herald, reporter Tom Decent wrote that the aircraft steward apparently believed he was comforting the Australian woman when he allegedly put his hands down her pants on a Malaysia Airlines flight.

The steward allegedly touched Bushney’s upper thigh before putting his hands under her clothing under the impression he was “comforting her”.

“He’s massaging my legs, I’m so scared I just want to get off this plane,” Bushney can be heard saying on the recording. “I don’t want to see you, go away, you give me the creeps you dirty old man.”

Bushney was travelling by herself.

After flight MH20 touched down on 4 August 2012, police detained Rosli at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. He remains in custody, allegedly after making admissions relating to the assault.

On Saturday, MAS issued the following statement: 

“Malaysia Airlines can confirm that following the detention by French police of a senior member of cabin crew on Flight MH20 from Kuala Lumpur to Paris on 4 August 2014 – relating to allegations by a passenger of inappropriate sexual behaviour – we have received a confirmation from the employee in question that an allegation of improper conduct has been made against him, which may have implications under the strict code of conduct for MAS employees. 

“As previously stated, Malaysia Airlines expects and accepts nothing short of the highest standards of conduct from its crew and takes any such developments very seriously. Within the constraints of the crew member being in Paris and the airline not, as yet, being able to meet with him given his detention by the French authorities, we are working rapidly to take the necessary steps to act upon what has happened, in line with our strict codes of conduct and disciplinary procedures. 

“As soon as we or our representatives have been granted access to meet with the employee in person, we will provide a further update on the steps being undertaken by the airline.”

Written by Peter Needham

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