A man is facing up to two years in prison after he allegedly falsely tweeted that Nora Quoirin had been raped by indigenous people before she died.
Muhammad Zikri Ibrahim, 29, is accused of committing intentional insult by falsely claiming indigenous villagers from the Orang Asli tribe raped Nora, 15, who went missing just a day after arriving at the eco-resort in Malaysia with her parents.
Nora’s body was found naked near a waterfall in the Malaysian jungle on August 13.
The discovery was made by a volunteer hiker on the tenth day of an intensive search of the area, just two miles from the Duncan resort where her family were staying.
Muhammad Zikri Ibrahim, 29, is accused of committing intentional insult after he alleged local indigenous villagers from the Orang Asli tribe raped Nora Quoirin, 15, (pictured) who went missing just a day after arriving at the eco-resort in Malaysia with her parents
Mr Ibrahim denied the allegation after appearing in a court in Kuala Lumpur.
His alleged offence falls under Section 504 of the Malay Penal Code, which could also carry a fine.
Deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim asked the court to set bail at RM10,000 (£1,978.65) bail against the accused.
Counsel Muhmmad Syazwan Mohd Salleh asked for minimum bail stating that his client is due to get married in December, the New Straits Times reported.
The court settled on a bail of RM6000 (£1,187.21) paid by his father.
It comes as Nora’s family search for more answers around the French-Irish teenager’s death.
She had told her family she was ‘excited’ to visit a waterfall when she arrived at the resort, a volunteer searcher told MailOnline.
The body was found in an area that had previously been searched, said Malaysia’s Deputy Inspector General of Police Mazn Mazlan.
Nora was found on Tuesday, August 13 near a waterfall less than two miles from the Dusun eco-resort where she had been staying with her family. She is pictured with her mother Meabh
The body was found near Gunung Berembun in the Pantai Hills near the resort in Dusun
Nora’s parents, Frenchman Sebastien, 47, and Irish woman Meabh, 45, faced the harrowing ordeal of identifying their daughter’s body in the mortuary.
The body was found intact after forensics and a pathologist rushed to the scene when the hotline was alerted at around 2pm local time, police confirmed.
An autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death. Police would not comment if the teenager had any visible injuries.
Nora disappeared in the early hours of August 4. She was barefoot and wearing a night dress.
Her parents, who live in London, discovered Nora was missing at around 8am after finding a downstairs window open in their resort in Dusun.
More than 350 people were involved in the ten-day search in the jungle and river, using helicopters with thermal detectors, drones, sniffer dogs and shamans.
Her parents offered a £10,000 reward for information that could lead to her safe return.
A police officer involved in the search for teenager Nora Quoirin, pictured, has said some of the people who looked for her ‘were inexperienced and got tired quickly in the hot conditions’
They made an emotional plea saying their ‘hearts were breaking’ as the reward money was announced.
In a statement, her mother said: ‘Nora is our first child. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born.
‘She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking. We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her.’
Police (pictured, Negeri Sembilan state police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop) have fought fierce criticism for their handling of the teenager’s disappearance
The £10,000 reward – 50,000 in local Malaysian Ringgit currency – was donated by an anonymous businessman based in Belfast.
British and French police who joined the hunt for missing teen Nora Quoirin were able to carry out their own investigation.
Charles Morell, lawyer for parents Sebastien and Meabh, said the pair have also not ruled out pursuing a criminal probe and are waiting for the results of DNA and toxicology tests before making a decision.