KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian court sent six men to jail for a month yesterday and will try four other people over a nudist gathering that triggered outrage in the Muslim-majority country, a defence lawyer said.
The six men - five Malaysians and a Singaporean - were jailed after pleading guilty to charges of public obscenity, said lawyer S. Thangaveloo, who represents Singaporean defendant Loh Kok Hong.
The six are Loh, 41; Mu Wai Peng, 34; Justin Ang Ji Keng, 24; Yam Kam Hoong, 54; Lionel Loo Joo Heng, 52; and R. Nanda Kumar, 40.
"They were all sentenced to one month's jail and fined RM5,000 (S$1,980)," Mr Thangaveloo said.
Yam was also sentenced to six months in prison, which will run concurrently with his first charge, after he was found guilty of a second charge of producing obscene video clips at the Teluk Kampi Beach on May 30 from 3pm to 6pm.
He was charged under Section 292 of the Penal Code.
The four others - Malaysians Chew Tok Hua, 57; Chan Chia Wen, 27; Teh Guan Hoon, 37; and Kong Meng Long, 38 - who are contesting the charges, were freed on bail by the court in the northern state of Penang, police said.
They were charged under Section 294 (a) of the Penal Code for committing obscene acts.
"We are still hunting for five more individuals, one each from Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and two Myanmar nationals," said Mohamad Jalaluddin, the investigating police officer in the case.
The defendants were arrested for staging what they called the "Nude Sports Games 2014" on May 30.
The event's existence surfaced when a video by the organisers appeared on social media earlier this month and went viral.
It shows participants engaged in a range of activities on a secluded Penang beach, including dancing, body painting, and relay races, all in the nude.
In one scene, a woman rides "horseback" on a man, while in another, a woman crawls over three men lying next to each other in the sand.
The gathering has been condemned by Muslim conservatives and many non-Muslims, and triggered heated online exchanges between critics and supporters of the nudists.