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Four tourists who posed naked on a mountain in Malaysia have been given jail terms and fined. The group was blamed for a magnitude 5. They were jailed for three days, but their sentences were back-dated to reflect time already served. A judge at Kota Kinabalu Magistrates' Court said the four had shown remorse and malasya nude the jail terms to run from 9 June, meaning the group is free to leave. The BBC's Jennifer Pak, who was in court, said she understood the group were now waiting to pay their fines before being deported.
Hawkins' lawyer Ronny Cham said the year-old, from Draycott in Derbyshire, would be freed from police custody later on Friday and her release documentation was being arranged. She would then fly home to the UK on Saturday, her lawyer said. Her father Timothy Hawkins said the sentence was "appropriate and fair" but it appeared she had been "treated pretty badly" amid the media scrum outside court.
Foreign coverage of the story has been criticised in the Malaysian press. Several local newspapers accused British tabloids of exaggerating reports that the tourists were arrested for causing the quake, rather than the actual charge of public indecency. The Sabah-based Daily Express accused the papers of running "sensational" headlines, while the country's most popular English-language paper, The Star, said reports pictured alleging Hawkins and the others were arrested for angering mountain gods "couldn't be further from the truth".
Tourism minister, Masidi Manjun, said their acts would have merited punishment for breaking local laws and norms whether or not the earthquake took place. Mr Masidi, who comes from the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, was also quoted in the Malay Mail as saying there had been some "fact-twisting" by foreign media.
Speaking to reporters outside his home, Mr Hawkins said the family were looking forward to his daughter's return. She and her co-accused all admitted a charge of "committing an obscene act in public". Prosecutors said the four tourists, along with six others, climbed the peak to enjoy malasya nude sunrise on 30 May and then challenged each other to take off their clothes. But the court amended the facts to agree the accused did not tell the guide to "shut up" or "go to hell", as the prosecution had alleged.
Their lawyer said they had simply ignored pleas not to remove their clothes, and had not verbally abused the guide. Mr Cham, who representing all four defendants, said they were ignorant of local customs and "their act had brought shame and ridicule upon themselves and their respective countries". He malasya nude the judge to not make an example of them, saying the intense international media coverage had traumatised them enough. The prosecution argued the public interest was central to the case and, according to Malaysian law, anyone committing an "obscene act" which causes annoyance in a public place should be jailed for up to three months.
Many Malaysians had been outraged by the group's behaviour, he said, and the case was about "upholding the [country's] morals and customs". Earlier, the four arrived at court accompanied by officials wearing balaclavas. The accused covered their faces as they entered the building, surrounded by a media scrum. Last Friday, an earthquake struck killing 18 people, including children, and leaving hundreds more stranded. Sabah state deputy chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan blamed it on the travellers showing " disrespect to the sacred mountain ".
News agency AFP said police were still seeking five other suspects but some were thought to have already left Sabah. Mount Kinabalu is 'our temple and purgatory'. How prevalent is the naked tourist photo? Malaysia mountain 'nudists' in court.
The 'conquerable' Mount Kinabalu. Malaysia official blames nude tourists for deadly quake. What do the Malaysian papers say? Why is Kinabalu considered sacred? Sabah's Kadazan Dusun tribe believe the mountain houses the spirits of their dead ancestors The name Kinabalu is derived from the tribe's phrase "Aki Nabalu", which means resting place of the dead Climbers are told by guides, many of whom are Kadazan Dusun, to treat the mountain with respect and to refrain from shouting, screaming or cursing at it Every December the tribe conducts a ritual called the Monolob to appease the spirits and allow climbers to continue visiting the mountain A priestess, called a Bobolian, makes an offering of seven white chickens accompanied by seven chicken eggs, betel nuts, tobacco, limestone powder, and betel plant leaves.
The Bobolian le a chant and the chickens are then slaughtered, cooked, and given to the ceremony participants In the past, this ceremony was conducted before every ascent, and climbers used the cooked malasya nude as rations for their journey. Related Topics. Derby Malaysia. More on this story. Published 12 June Published 11 June Published 10 June Published 5 June Published 8 JuneMalasya nude
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