Malaysian police free French 'Spiderman'

21st March 2007, Comments 0 comments

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21, 2007 (AFP) - Malaysian police Wednesday freed "Spiderman" Alain Robert after the Frenchman was detained in his second attempt to scale the nation's Petronas Twin Towers, a top security official said.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21, 2007 (AFP) - Malaysian police Wednesday freed "Spiderman" Alain Robert after the Frenchman was detained in his second attempt to scale the nation's Petronas Twin Towers, a top security official said.

"The Frenchman was freed early today. No charges have been recorded against him as yet," district assistant police commissioner Mohamad Zulkarnain told AFP.

Robert was arrested on Tuesday two-thirds of the way through a daredevil attempt to scale the iconic towers in the heart of Kuala Lumpur using his bare hands.

The 44-year-old rock-climber, brandishing a Malaysian flag, was grabbed by firemen waiting on the 60th floor of one of the 88-storey towers, once the world's tallest buildings. He was held overnight at a local police station.

Mohamad said Robert had been freed on bail and his passport impounded, and that government lawyers were examining police reports to decide whether the Frenchman should be charged in court for trespassing.

If found guilty, Robert could be fined 2,000 ringgit (570 dollars) or jailed for up a year, or both.

Mohamad said he was not sure when any charges might be brought.

Robert tried to scale the building a decade ago on March 20, 1997, but was freed without charge after that attempt.

He has been nicknamed "Spiderman" for his high-profile escapades, which include climbing the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
 
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