Two Canadians believed among 4 Westerners being detained in Malaysia

KUALA LAMPUR, Malaysia — Two Canadians are believed to be among four Westerners now being detained by Malaysian police amid allegations they posed naked at the country’s highest peak last month, just days before an earthquake killed 18 climbers.

Sabah state police chief Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman says police obtained a court order Wednesday to detain the group for four days while they are investigated for indecent behaviour.

He didn’t identify the four, but Malaysia’s foreign affairs ministry earlier identified the two Canadians as Lindsey Petersen and his sister Danielle Petersen.

Local media said they, along with a Dutch male and a British male, were believed to be part of a group of 10 people who stripped naked before taking photos at Mount Kinabalu on May 30.

A state official has blamed the subsequent 5.9 magnitude quake on the foreigners for showing “disrespect to the sacred mountain.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday that it was assisting two Canadians barred from leaving Malaysia.

— with files from The Associated Press

 

 

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