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Police rules out malicious intent in Malaysian climber's death

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara   /   Sun, November 13, 2016   /  12:54 pm
Police rules out malicious intent in Malaysian climber's death On alert: Thick volcanic ash emanates from the crater of Mount Barujari, a sub-volcano of Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Sept. 27. (JP/Panca Nugraha)

Local authorities in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) have ruled out external causes to the death of a Malaysian national, whose body was recently found on Mount Rinjani.

The body of the man—not a woman as previously reported—identified as 24-year-old Ng Yin Teck, was found near the Aiq Kalak spring on Mt. Rinjani in Lombok on Tuesday evening. A search and rescue team managed to recover the body and brought it to Bayangkara Police Hospital in the provincial capital of Mataram the next day.

Hospital spokesperson Adj. Comr. I Wayan Redana said Saturday that post-mortem examinations had found no evidence of physical violence to the body, thus ruling out ill intent as the cause of the death.

Wayan said local authorities had also handed over the body to the Malaysian Consulate General in Denpasar, Bali, which would arrange the corpse’s return to his family in Malaysia.

“A transport vehicle from Bali has been sent here to pick up the body,” Wayan said over the weekend.

Mt. Rinjani, which is 3,726 meters high, is the second tallest volcano in Indonesia after Mt. Kerinci on the border between the provinces of West Sumatra and Jambi.

Local authorities suspected the Malaysian national had gone against warnings to refrain from climbing the mountain, following the recent eruption of Mt. Barujari, which is connected to Mt. Rinjani.

Two hiking routes have been closed in anticipation of another eruption. (hwa)

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