Tue, 26 Sep 2000

Officers detained for assault

SEMARANG: Central Java Police internal affairs department has detained 19 policemen for allegedly assaulting three street vendors, who were said to have harassed a police officer last Thursday.

"We are still probing the case and if they are found guilty, we will take stern measures," Central Java Police spokesman Supt. Moch. Ramlie said on Monday.

The three vendors, who all sell keys, are still being treated for serious facial injuries.

The alleged assault took place last Thursday when a policeman reportedly got upset after one of the vendors apparently overcharged him for cutting a key.

Shortly after, a group of 19 police officers raided the vendor, allegedly assaulting him in the process. Two other vendors were also injured in the incident. (har/edt)