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Group Arrested for Naked Picture on Malaysian Mountain

Impacting Travel | Tom Bastek | June 11, 2015

Group Arrested for Naked Picture on Malaysian Mountain

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The UK Telegraph is reporting that Eleanor Hawkins, a 24-year-old British woman, was arrested Tuesday for a naked picture that she posed for on May 30. According to the report, Hawkins and a group of tourists were climbing Mount Kinabalu, a 13,435-foot sacred summit in Malaysia and after making it to the top, decided to strip naked and pose for a group shot. 

Three other people from the picture, 23-year-old Canadian Lindsey Peterson, his sister Danielle, 22, and a 23-year-old Dutch man, Dylan Snel, turned themselves in on Tuesday as well, and a fourth, 33-year-old Canadian Emil Kaminski was arrested on Wednesday. The other five people in the photo were being sought by authorities as well.  The group could face up to three months in prison.

The tour was organized by a popular budget hostel, Jungle Jack Backpackers Lodge. An official complaint, which was obtained by the UK Telegraph said, “Around 7 a.m., while the group were on their way back from the summit, they started to strip off their clothes – ignoring their guide. The guide warned them not to do so, but they replied: 'Stupid man, go to hell.’”

Although most of the tourists are apologizing and trying to plead their defense, Emil Kaminski is doing little. Kaminski is a no-nonsense blogger and adventure tourism organizer from Winnipeg, and is believed to be the organizer of the tour.

Kaminski called out at Tourism Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun on his website, describing the minister as, "a regressive... taking Malaysia back hundreds of years."  This was just hours after posting a video in which he said, "Jesus Christ people, it's just a f------ mountain."

These travelers may not know exactly how much trouble they are actually in, as leaders of neighboring states are blaming them for the recent earthquake and are calling them to be tried in front of a native court.

Kaminski is not unfamiliar with unsavory media attention, having gained notoriety for strong comments he made after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. He was even chiding the people that were after him in Malaysia saying he was, “lucky the ‘dumbasses’ searching for him had ‘no internet and no idea.’”

The five are to appear before the court again on Monday to find out if, when and where they will be charged.

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