A 23-year-old woman has been arrested following her indecent display of her body after posing naked on top of a sacred mountain which provoked ‘the gods’.
The father of the British woman who was arrested in Malaysia said she is being held with four other Westerners in the meantime.
Timothy Hawkins disclosed that his daughter, Eleanor, a graduate of Southampton University was detained on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Tawau airport as she was flying from the island of Borneo to Kuala Lumpur and is currently under investigation for the indecent exposure.
According to Metro UK, they face possible prison sentences, although some reports have said they could pay a fine of 10 buffalo.
Priest Tindarama Aman Sirom Simbuna said, “The tourists who angered the guardian of the mountain should pay for their mistakes by giving sogit.
“This should be in the form of ten male or female buffalo.”
A senior minister at the Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia has alleged that the group of 10 who stripped naked and took photos at the mountain top on Saturday, May 30, 2015 stirred an earthquake that killed 18 climbers on Friday, June 5, 2015.
Speaking in the night of Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Mr Hawkins said, “We spoke to her this morning. She’s okay, she’s very scared, she’s very upset.
“She’s been arrested. It’s not a situation she’s been in before so it’s not good.
“We’ve talked to the consulate and arranged a lawyer.’
He added that his daughter is ‘obviously in the photos’ but he did not want the situation to be ‘blown out of all proportion’.
Continuing, Mr Hwakins said, “It’s fair enough to charge for the misdemeanour committed.
“What we don’t want is her lumbered with further charges.”
Sabah deputy chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan said a special ritual will be conducted to ‘appease the mountain spirit’ after 18 people were killed in the disaster.
However, Mr Hawkins noted that he did not want to prejudice his daughter’s trial by waving off the belief that the earthquake was caused by the group that posed naked on it.
He further condemned the moves made by a 33-year-old Emil Kaminski from Canada who was said to have circulated the photos and allegedly posted offensive comments on social media.
Mr Hawkins said, “What I will say is the guy stirring up a media storm – the halfwit Canadian guy – is not doing anyone any favours.”
Sabah state police chief Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said the command on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 obtained a court order to detain Eleanor and three other Westerners for four days while they are investigated for indecent behaviour.
Rahman disclosed that two Canadian siblings, Lindsey and Danielle Petersen, and a Dutch male surrendered at a police station in Sabah in the evening hours of Tuesday, June 9, 2015.
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