'Spiderman' fined for climbing Malaysian twin towers

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The Independent Online

A French climber nicknamed "Spiderman" was fined 2,000 ringgit (£350) today for climbing Malaysia's 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers.

A Kuala Lumpur court official said Alain Robert pleaded guilty to criminal trespass, a day after he sneaked past security to reach the top of Tower 2 of the landmark buildings.

Robert was arrested immediately after the feat.

He was quoted today by the national Bernama news agency as saying: "Climbing is my passion, my life, my addiction."

Robert tried to scale the Twin Towers in 1997 and 2007 but was arrested at the 60th floor both times.

The 47-year-old has climbed more than 70 skyscrapers worldwide, including the Empire State Building and Taipei 101.