Four policemen deny injuring karate referee

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Apr 2008

SEREMBAN: Four policemen from the Nilai police station near here pleaded not guilty at the magistrate’s court yesterday to deliberately injuring an Indonesian national during the Asian Karate Championships in Nilai last August.

The four – Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin, Adi Sebi, Helmi Hussanie Sukri and Mohamad Dzulhafiz – allegedly assaulted 48-year-old Donald Luther Kolopita around 2am along the road near Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in Nilai.

Kolopita, who was the head of the Indonesian Karate Referees Association, was here to referee at the tournament.

The four policemen, who were represented by K. K. Chong, were calm when entering their plea.

Kolopita, in his police report then, claimed he was going for supper around 2am when a white unmarked van stopped near him along the stretch.

Four men then got out and pushed him into the vehicle. He alleged that he was then handcuffed and beaten.

Despite his protests that he was involved in the ongoing tournament, the assault did not stop. It was alleged that his assailants snatched his passport, wallet, watch and money.

He allegedly suffered injuries to his chest, stomach and abdomen and was only released hours later and sent to the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital. Upon his return to Indonesia, he was admitted to the Pertamina Hospital in Jakarta for broken ribs and swollen face and genitals.

Kolopita claimed he fought the four as he thought they were robbers. However, the four policemen alleged that Kolopita was behaving suspiciously, and tried to punch them and run away when questioned.

Following the incident, the Indonesian karate team boycotted the tournament and flew home the next day.

The then Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, offered a public apology to the Indonesian President during an official trip to Jakarta after the incident.

The authorities here suspended the four policemen pending the outcome of the investigations.

Magistrate Noralis Mat fixed May 27 for trial.

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