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11 charged over Chaser APEC stunt

Posted September 6, 2007 20:00:00
Updated September 6, 2007 20:06:00

Police say that while it appears the stunt was a prank, the current security environment was not the place to do it in.

Police say that while it appears the stunt was a prank, the current security environment was not the place to do it in. (ABC TV)

Eleven people from the ABC TV program The Chaser's War on Everything have been charged with offences under the new APEC legislation.

Eight ABC cast and crew members and three hired drivers have been charged with entering a restricted area without justification.

The group was arrested after staging a fake motorcade through Sydney's CBD and were stopped near the InterContinental Hotel where US President George W Bush is staying.

One of the Chaser crew was dressed as Osama bin Laden.

All 11 have been charged under the new APEC legislation with entering a restricted area without justification.

They were all granted bail, but on the condition that none of the group can enter any of the declared security zones during APEC.

Police say that while it appears the stunt was a prank, the current security environment was not the place to do it in.

The group did not offer any comment as they were released.

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