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article imageSwiss court upholds fine against nude hiker

By Lynn Curwin     Nov 17, 2011 in Crime
Switzerland's highest court threw out an appeal by a man who had been fined, and ruled that local authorities may impose penalties on others hikers who choose to travel about in the nude.
A man in his forties had been fined 100 Swiss francs after a woman complained about him hiking nude in the Appenzell Ausserrhoden area in 2009.
Reuters reported that the man had walked past a family with small children at a picnic area and a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts.
The man said he had been hiking in the nude for two years but did not behave indecently, and the court lifted the fine.
The prosecution took the case to the country's highest court, which has now ruled that the fine should be paid, although naked hiking is not illegal.
"It is not overly high-handed to qualify naked hiking as a breach of decency customs," the
BBC quoted the court as saying in a statement.
Nude hiking has become popular in some areas during the past few years.
In September, The Local reported that a 17-year-old Swiss girl was hoping to open the country's first official naked hiking trail.
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