Westerners plead guilty to nude photos on mountain; to be deported

No Comments

malaysia-mount-kinabalu-naked-tourists-photo-1.jpgFour Western tourists were ordered deported from Malaysia on Friday after pleading guilty to obscenity charges for taking nude photos on a popular climbing peak, an act some in the country blamed for causing a deadly earthquake.

The defendants -- Eleanor Hawkins of Britain, 24, Dutchman Dylan Snel, 23, and Canadian brother and sister Lindsey, 23, and Danielle Petersen, 22 -- were arrested earlier this week in the wake of the deadly June 5 quake which killed 18 people on Mount Kinabalu.

A court in Kota Kinabalu, capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo island, sentenced them to three days' jail time starting from when they were arrested on Tuesday, meaning their term had been served.

They also were fined 5,000 Malaysian ringgit ($1,330) and ordered deported for committing an "obscene act in a public place," which can carry a three-month jail term.

It was not immediately clear when they would be deported.