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11 June 2015, 09:27
A Derby student could be jailed for up to three months in a Malaysian jail after claims she posed naked on a sacred mountain.
23-year-old Eleanor Hawkins is accused of being part of a group who stripped and took photos, which have now ended up on Twitter and Facebook.
A senior minister in Malaysia says the visitors showed 'disrespect to the mountain' and what they did may've caused an earthquake nearby.
Miss Hawkins was detained on Tuesday at Tawau airport as she was flying from the island of Borneo to the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Eleanor's dad says she's 'scared' and 'very upset'.
The family have talked to the consulate and arranged a lawyer.
Statement from dad Timothy Hawkins:
'We managed to speak to Ellie yesterday morning and she is obviously quite scared and upset.
'She knows what she did was stupid and disrespectful and is very sorry for the offence that she has caused the Malaysian people. She has never been in any sort of trouble before.
'We hope that the Malaysian authorities deal with the misdemeanour and not link it to the unfortunate tragic events that occurred the following week.
Mr Hawkins said:
'We spoke to her this morning. She's okay, she's very scared, she's very upset.
'She's been arrested. It's not a situation she's been in before so it's not good.
Mr Hawkins, who runs a mechanical engineering business, said his daughter is 'obviously in the photos' but he did not want the situation to be 'blown out of all proportion'.
'It's fair enough to charge for the misdemeanour committed.
'What we don't want is her lumbered with further charges.'
He criticised the actions of an arrested Canadian, named in reports as 33-year-old Emil Kaminski, who is said to have circulated the photos and allegedly posted offensive comments on social media.
Mr Hawkins added:
'What I will say is the guy stirring up a media storm, the halfwit Canadian guy, is not doing anyone any favours.'