KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Four Westerners who posed naked on Malaysia’s highest peak were sentenced Friday to three days in jail and fined for obscene behavior in a public place, their lawyer said.
The four were among 10 foreigners who stripped and took photos on Mount Kinabalu on May 30. A local official has said their behavior was disrespectful to the mountain, which is believed to be sacred, and he blamed them for causing an earthquake on June 5 that killed 18 climbers.
Dutch citizen Dylan Snel, British student Eleanor Hawkins, and Canadian siblings Lindsey and Danielle Peterson pleaded guilty in a court on Borneo island to a charge of public indecency, said their lawyer, Ronny Cham.
‘‘They were remorseful and regretted their act,’’ he said.
After testimony that the women were topless while the men were totally nude in the photos, the court sentenced them to three days in jail, which they had already served since their arrests, and fines of $1,330, to be followed by deportation, Cham said.
They have paid their fines and were expected to be released later Friday, he said.
The Malay Mail online site said the court was told the 10 hikers were competing to see who could remain naked the longest in the cold. They ignored a plea by their mountain guide not to strip, it said.
Cham said international news coverage on their arrests would deter others.