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Chasers release new prank video

By Ben Rossleigh

September 09, 2007 12:11pm

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The Chaser team have released footage of their daring APEC prank less than three days after being arrested and charged.

The video, posted on their Myspace page, shows their fake Canadian motorcade being waved through police checkpoints on the edges of the APEC security zone in central Sydney.

It also shows a police officer taking two polaroid photos of the crew on the scene after they were detained.

The fake motorcade had been staged as part of an APEC-week stunt.

Despite a security crackdown estimated to have cost as much as $250 million, the Chaser team were able to make it within 10m of the InterContinental Hotel where George W Bush was staying.

The skit had been approved by ABC lawyers but was written in the assumption they would be stopped at the checkpoint on the corner of Bent and Macquarie streets.

Instead they were waved through the first checkpoint on Macquarie St and then a second which had sniffer dogs.  They eventually stopped themselves at Bridge St.

The 10 men and one woman were charged under new APEC laws with entering a restricted area without justification.

All 11 were granted bail to appear in the Downing Centre Local Court on October 4.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said he was furious at the stunt which could have had the comedians shot by snipers.

"It's nothing short of dangerous . The snipers are there for a reason . . . Clearly they are there because they mean business. They're not there for show."

The eleven crew members charged face up to six months in jail.

Premier Morris Iemma said that, while he was a fan of the show, the team would face the full force of the law. "The Chaser are not above the law," Mr Iemma said.

The following day the serial pranksters were at it again, with three members of the team marching a black cardboard motorcade with Canadian flags down Bligh St in the city, just a block away from where police mistakenly waved through their first mock motorcade.

Craig Reucassel, Chris Taylor and Dominic Knight were stopped and questioned by police about 5pm, however they were later released without charge.

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