Saskatchewan

2 from Saskatchewan remain in custody in Malaysia over indecency allegations

A group of four Westerners, including two from Saskatchewan, are being kept apart from other prisoners after being detained in Malaysia for allegedly desecrating a sacred mountain.

Lindsey, Danielle Petersen could be charged on Monday

Naked on Malaysian mountain controversy

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Naked on Malaysian mountain controversy
Lindsey (left) and Danielle Petersen are the two siblings from Saskatchewan who are in custody in Malaysia after a group of tourists allegedly removed their clothing on a sacred mountain. (Facebook)
A group of four Westerners, including two from Saskatchewan, is being kept apart from other prisoners after being detained in Malaysia for allegedly desecrating a sacred mountain.

CBC News has been told that local people are angry and the lawyer for Lindsey and Danielle Petersen, a brother and sister who have links to the University of Regina, asked that they be segregated from other inmates.

The Petersens appeared in court Wednesday, but have yet to be formally charged. A Dutch national and a woman from Britain are also in custody. 

The four are believed to be part of a group of 10 tourists who removed their clothing and took photos at the summit of Mount Kinabalu late last month.

The Malaysian authorities also accuse some of them of urinating in public in the top of the mountain and shouting insults at an employee who was trying to prevent them from doing so. 

It happened before an earthquake last Friday that killed 18 people in the area. Some local people say the behaviour goes against indigenous traditions and accuse the tourists of causing the deadly quake.

According to BBC reporter Jennifer Pak, who is in Malaysia and is filing reports for CBC, counsel for the two Canadians believes they will remain in jail until Monday. 

They could then face charges of public indecency. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Canada said earlier in the week that it is working on the case.

Malaysian authorities are still looking for six other group members.

If found guilty, the tourists could be fined or sentenced to up to three months behind bars.

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