Naked Swiss rambler acquitted

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A Swiss court on Friday acquitted a rambler who had been fined for hiking nude, local news agency ATS reported.

The 47 year old went to the court in eastern Switzerland's Appenzell Ausserrhoden canton to defend his right to hike naked, after he refused to pay a fine of 100 francs imposed following a complaint from a woman who saw him.

The woman had complained to the authorities about his "indecent behaviour."

The nudist's lawyer argued however that his client was not behaving in an indecent manner, and that the woman must have followed him to observe his actions.

In addition, the lawyer noted that the canton's penal code did not prohibit hiking naked.

The hiker said he has been rambling nude over the past two years, and that he always sticks to little used tracks.

The court waived the 100 franc-fine on the nudist and instead ordered the state to cover legal costs of 2,000 francs.

© 2010 AFP

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