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Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Malaysia, World

Woman breaks silence over alleged sex assault on MAS flight

Reuters | Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

The chief steward's sexual assault has dealt a fresh blow to the scandal-plagued Malaysia Airlines in the wake of the MH370 and MH17 tragedies.

Sydney - An Australian woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted on board a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight earlier this month has come forward to talk about the incident, media reported yesterday.

In the news programme Sunday Night to be aired today, Ms Laura Bushney, 26, recounted how she was assaulted by the chief steward on Flight MH20 from Kuala Lumpur to Paris on Aug 4.

She said she "(froze) in panic" when Mohd Rosli Ab Karim, 54, put his hands under a blanket and down her pants under the guise of "comforting her".

"I just keep saying, 'Why didn't I scream, why didn't I shout?'" she told Australia's Channel Seven. "I am a strong person because I can do that, I know I can. But when I was in the moment, I couldn't. I felt so scared and so petrified."

But she recorded the alleged incident on her cellphone wrapped in a scarf next to her pillow.

"I don't want to see you, go away, you give me the creeps you dirty old man," she was heard on the recording, referring to Mr Rosli, a married man with three children.

Ms Bushney filed a police report after landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport, saying she had told the crew at the start of the flight about her apprehension of flying with the airline in the wake of two recent disasters, and Mr Rosli had taken advantage of her vulnerability.

The steward was detained by police at the airport and remains in custody after making admissions relating to the incident.

The revelation has dealt a fresh blow to the scandal-plagued airline, whose Flight MH370 went missing in March and Flight MH17 was brought down by missiles in Ukraine last month.

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