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Assault on woman is denied.

MANAMA: The Interior Ministry last night denied resorting to excessive force in arresting a runaway convict wanted in connection with a string of criminal cases.

"The fugitive resisted arrest fiercely and hid behind a woman who tried to prevent policemen from catching him," assistant under-secretary for legal affairs Brigadier-General Mohammed Rashid Bouhammoud said.

He was responding to Isa Qassim's claim during his Friday sermon that police assaulted a woman in A'ali.

An officer and two policemen were reportedly injured while arresting the man.

Mr. Bouhammoud accused the cleric of exploiting a picture posted on social websites to distort facts for the sake of incitement.

The fugitive has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in absentia for setting fire to two police cars and damaging a third one on April 2, 2012.

Police had to use pepper spray, also known as "OC Spray" to overpower the man and avoid any contact with the woman.

Mr Bouhammoud defended policemen as they were doing their duty and denied assault on the woman's dignity.

The Interior Ministry summoned the policemen who appeared in the photo as a routine measure and they said they had faced stiff resistance and sustained injuries.

Mr Bouhammoud called on anyone claiming to be assaulted to lodge a complaint with any police station or the Ombudsman general-secretariat of the Public Prosecution.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Nov 30, 2013
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