Man associated with 'naked tourists' briefly detained

Man associated with 'naked tourists' briefly detained
The suspect being taken into custody.

KOTA KINABALU: One of the foreign tourists associated with a group of 10 wanted by police for stripping and urinating on top of Mount Kinabalu on May 30 was briefly detained and released on Monday.

Sabah CID chief Sr Asst Comm II Datuk Sallehuddin Abdul Rahman confirmed the detention of a 38-year old European who was planning to leave for the Philippines after arriving from Tawau at about 4.20pm Monday.

He said that the man was not part of the 10 wanted foreigners against whom a report was lodged by Sabah Parks officials.

The case is being investigated under Section 290 of the Penal Code for public nuisance, which carries a fine of up to RM400 (S$143).

Sallehuddin said the man was part of a larger group of 27 who scaled the mountain on May 30.

In the group were 10 others who posed naked and started urinating on the mountain, photographs of which went viral on social media.

This angered local Kadazandusun elders who said such antics insulted them as they considered the mountain sacred ground.

Some have even asked that those responsible be charged in a Native Court.

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