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Photographer Assaulted At Funeral Of MH17 Victims. What Exactly Happened?

A photographer with the New Straits Times was assaulted while covering the final rites for three MH17 victims.

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Aizuddin Saad, a photographer from the New Straits Times, was punched in the face by a family member of a MH17 victim, causing him injury. The incident happened on 2 September. WATCH:

According to reports, a next-of-kin of three MH17 victims assaulted photographers covering the ceremony where the bodies were being carried out of the hearse at Nirvana Memorial Park

A family member of the MH17 Paul Goes, wife Subashni Jretnam and daughter Kaela Maya Jay Goes, suddenly attacked photographers and cameramen covering the ceremony where the bodies were being carried out of the hearse at Nirvana Memorial Park, Sungai Besi.

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The man tried to punch several media personnel covering the event and hit the New Straits Times photographer Mohd Aizuddin Akmal Saad. He suffered injuries on his face and nose.

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The photographer then lodged a police report at the Sungai Besi police station after getting treatment at a nearby clinic

In an incident at the Nirvana Memorial Park, Sungai Besi, today, a photographer with the 'New Straits Times', Mohd Aizuddin Akmal Saad, was allegedly attacked by a family member of a victim of MH17

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Brickfields police chief Asst Commissioner Muhammad Azlee Abdullah confirmed that he had received the police report lodged by Mohd Aizuddin. “We have opened an investigation paper under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt,” he said. In the report lodged at 1pm today, Mohd Aizuddin claimed that he was attacked out of the blue and was punched on the nose.

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In the report lodged at 1pm today, Mohd Aizuddin claimed that he was attacked out of the blue and was punched on the nose. He reportedly suffered a 2cm tear along the bridge of his nose and received treatment at a clinic in Sungai Besi.

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“The doctor said his nose was probably fractured, but advised him to get an X-ray to confirm if it was broken,” said Mohd Aizuddin’s wife, who only wanted to be known as Amy, 30.
“We will be going to the National University of Malaysia Medical Centre later in the evening to get a proper check-up.”

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The altercation has led Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to order a police investigation into the matter

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police would launch an investigation into the alleged assault of a newspaper photographer at the funeral of three MH17 victims this morning. “We take this matter seriously and will be taking serious action against those involved in the assault,” he said.

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Khalid said he understood that the family was grieving and sympathised with them, but as emotional as they may be, they should not go overboard and lash out at others. “For members of the media, be understanding and do not push the grieving family too much. Give them the space and privacy that they need,” advised Khalid.

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Meanwhile, the man, who goes by the name Logan Retnam, has claimed in a Facebook post that despite repeatedly saying "no media", the photographer ignored their wishes and continued to take pictures of the victim's family and friends

"I do not understand why the media thinks that we have to share our private moments with them. Do we owe you (the media) that?" he questioned. "If this happens to your loved ones, probably you can feel the same pain and anger as we are going through now," he added.

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In his post, Logan also lambasted MAS and the funeral parlour where the incident occurred for not respecting the families' wishes not to disclose funeral details

"MAS published personal details about burial plans when we had told them to protect our privacy. Then, the funeral parlour let the media in to cover the event, even though the family had requested for complete privacy," he said.

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