Michael McFeat was arrested after posting a picture of locals queuing up for the sausage
A British mine worker has reportedly been arrested in Kyrgyzstan after comparing the country’s national dish to a horse’s penis.
Scotsman Michael McFeat was held after posting a picture of Kyrgyz co-workers queuing for a “chuchuk” horsemeat sausage on on Facebook, with a caption comparing the spicy delicacy to a stallion’s genitalia, the AFP news agency said.
Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country in central Asia bordered by China to the East.
Human Rights groups have long criticised the county’s records on fair trials and punitive prison sentences.
Mr McFeat has deleted the post but put an apology on his Facebook page on Saturday, saying: “I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely appologise (sic) for the comment I made on here about the kygyz people and horse’s penis.
I truly never meant to offended (sic) anyone and I’m truly sorry as it was never my intension.
“I would also like to say the people in the picture had absolutely nothing to do with it.
“Again im very very sorry.”
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are in contact with the local authorities after a British national was detained in Kyrgyzstan and are ready to provide consular assistance.”
It was reported Mr McFeat faces up to five years in prison.
The Kumtor open pit mine is the largest gold mine in Central Asia and its output accounts for more than one-third of the country’s export of goods and services, according to its website.
It is operated by Canadian firm Centerra Gold, based in Toronto.